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Bardstown Bourbon Company Makes Donation to FAKH

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On June 26th, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland received a $5,000 donation from The Bardstown Bourbon Company. The new bourbon company announced earlier that day that Nelson County had been chosen as the location for their distillery.  Work on the distillery is set to begin this summer with a projected opening date sometime in 2016.  But in an effort to show their commitment to the community that they will be joining in the coming years, they wanted to support a local non-profit.  We at Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland are honored to be the recipient of this support.  This money will be used to support the non-profit’s various programs that aim to provide food to the hungry and those in need.

Pictured from left to right: Front Row: Bardstown Mayor, William Sheckles, Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, Nelson County Judge Executive, Dean Watts, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Executive Director, Gary Miles, The Bardstown Bourbon Company President and CEO, David Mandell, Nelson County Economic Development Agency President, Kim Huston. Back Row: The Bardstown Bourbon Company Master Distiller, Steve Nally.

For more information on our newest supporter, you can check out the article in the Kentucky Standard.

 

United Way of Central Kentucky's Day of Action

On Saturday, June 21, Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland will participate in United Way of Central Kentucky's Day of Action.  We will be conducting a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution in Larue County.  Our Mobile Food Pantry Program is a free distribution of fresh produce and other items to those in need.  These fresh, nutritious foods have been provided by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks through the Farms to Food Banks Program. 

In addition to FAKH, several other non-profit organizations from around UWCK's 5 county service area will be offering various volunteer projects as well.   This one-day event is an aim to help better our community and serve our neighbors in need.  There are all kinds of different volunteer opportunities available.  Go to www.unitedwayck.org for more information on how to sign up today!

 

 

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Volunteer of the Month - May

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, is pleased to announce that Mrs Joyce Pond has been selected as Volunteer of the Month for May.

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Pictured (from left to right) are Amber Lyvers, Development Director, Joyce Pond, and Vicki Abshire, Volunteer Center Warehouse Manager Lead.

 Joyce first began volunteering with FAKH in 2012.  Since then she has continued to volunteer several times a month, usually with a few of her friends who are regular volunteers as well.  She is always excited to volunteer with us and brings a smile to everyone's face when she comes in.  Thank you for your dedication to FAKH and all that you do in supporting hunger-relief efforts!

 

 

 

 

 

Give A Day For Hunger

 

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On April 12th, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland hosted its first “Give a Day for Hunger” volunteer event. The idea for the event originated with Lori Jarboe and her son Nate, but quickly became more than they had imagined.

The Jarboe family has been actively involved in community service and giving back to those in need for several years. Nate and his family were familiar with FAKH’s BackPack Program, which provides children with a bag of food to take home over the weekends when school meals are not available, but when he learned that these children do not get any additional take home food over longer school breaks, he knew he needed to something.

Together with United Way of Central Kentucky and FAKH, Lori helped her son bring his vision and desire to help kids in Hardin County to life. Not only did they collect enough donations to fund an additional bag of food for those on the program in Hardin County to take home over spring break, but they created a day for those in the community to come out and help the cause as well. Thus, “Give a Day for Hunger” was created.

With help from UWCK, they encouraged those in the community to come out to our Volunteer Center and help pack the BackPack bags, the same types of bags that were distributed to those in need in Hardin County before spring break. The response was overwhelming. There were close to 100 volunteers that morning and a total of 2,952 BackPack bags were packed up over the course of the day.

The event was a huge success and we can’t thank Lori, Nate, UWCK, and everyone who was involved enough. Hopefully this is something we can continue in the future.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event as well as the article from The News Enterprise. If you would like to make a donation to our BackPack Program or are interested in volunteering, you can call us at 270-769-6997 / 270-735-1407.

http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/volunteers-fill-food-bags-fight-hunger

 

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New PSA from Feeding America

 

Check out our latest PSA made available by Feeding America National. 

1 in 5 children in the United States struggles with hunger; yet, billions of pounds of food go to waste each year. Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks working to get food to those in need through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. As a member of Feeding America, Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland is working to solve hunger in their community. To see how our organization and our wonderful volunteers are working together to feed those in need, check out our page on Facebook.

To find out more about the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, visit FeedingAmerica.org. Together we can solve hunger™.

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