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.