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Volunteer of the Month - April

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Justin Pawley has been selected as our Volunteer of the Month for April. Justin has been spending part of his afternoon at the Volunteer Center for several months, usually several times a week. He is always willing to do whatever is needed to fight hunger in our area. We are so appreciative of his support and dedication to our organization.

Justin (center) is presented with a Volunteer of the Month certificate by our Executive Director (left), Gary Miles, and our Board of Directors President (right), Jim Weise.

Mary Bailey (left), is presented with her Volunteer of the Month certificate by Amber Lyvers, Development Director for FAKH. - See more at: http://www.feedingamericaky.org/newsroom#sthash.BS31wgoZ.dpuf

Mary Bailey (left), is presented with her Volunteer of the Month certificate by Amber Lyvers, Development Director for FAKH. - See more at: http://www.feedingamericaky.org/newsroom#sthash.BS31wgoZ.dpuf

Mary Bailey (left), is presented with her Volunteer of the Month certificate by Amber Lyvers, Development Director for FAKH. - See more at: http://www.feedingamericaky.org/newsroom#sthash.BS31wgoZ.dpuf

 

Walmart "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." Campaign to benefit FAKH

 

 

Public participation can result in potentially $3 million and 75 million meals to help Feeding America and member food banks – in just four weeks

 

Elizabethtown, KY (April 6, 2015) ­– Walmart this week launched the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, a nationwide initiative calling on the public to take action in the fight against hunger. Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and other Feeding America member food banks across the country stand to benefit from up to $3 million in potential Walmart donations based on participation in the #WeSparkChange social media challenge. In addition, Walmart’s suppliers aim to donate enough to help Feeding America secure the equivalent of 75 million meals on behalf of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and other member food banks. Additionally, Walmart customers can make a donation to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland at the register during checkout. The campaign runs from April 6 through May 3, 2015.

 

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign comes at a critical time, with one in six people in America struggling with hunger at some point during the year, according to the USDA. In addition, many food banks are facing the time of year known as the “spring hunger gap” when the food supply they rely on to help feed local families is often at its lowest level. Hunger is a nationwide problem with local implications in every community across the United States. Here in our 42 county service area, including yours, 1 in 6 people are struggling with hunger.

 

“We are thrilled about Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and grateful for their ongoing commitment to fight hunger,” said Gary Miles, Executive Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. “This spring’s campaign, in partnership with Feeding America, is critical to our collective ability to raise awareness about the issue, secure more local funds and, ultimately, provide greater access to more people in need in the 42 counties we serve. We hope people across central, south central, and western Kentucky will join us to fight hunger and spark change during this four-week campaign.”

To raise awareness and help provide meals to those in need, Walmart and six of its national suppliers -- Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft, and Unilever -- are calling on customers to take action in store and online to generate support for Feeding America and its nationwide network of 200 food banks.

 

“At Walmart, we believe every family should have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food, but this is not the reality for millions of Americans. An extraordinary 49 million Americans struggle with hunger and don’t know where their next meal will come from at some point during the year,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart sustainability. “This spring, we’re making it easy for our customers to give back to those in need in their local community by taking simple actions in store or sharing photos online. With the support of our customers and partnerships with our suppliers and Feeding America, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of member food banks, we can make a real difference for families facing hunger across the U.S.”

 

From April 6 through May 3, people can fight hunger and spark change in three ways:

#WeSparkChange Challenge: People can take a picture of six friends who share their commitment to fight hunger, representing the one in six people who face food insecurity in the U.S. Then, post the picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter as a public post with the hashtag #WeSparkChange. For each public post connected to the hashtag #WeSparkChange, Walmart will donate $10, up to a maximum donation of $1.5 million, to Feeding America on behalf of its member food banks. To help generate more donations, customers can post multiple pictures, tagging friends and challenging them to take their own photo within 48 hours. To kick-off the challenge, Walmart will make an initial donation of $1.5 million to Feeding America, with the goal of reaching a total donation of $3 million based on the public’s participation.

Participating Products: Walmart customers can purchase one of 240 participating products in Walmart stores nationwide and the supplier will make a donation to help Feeding America secure a meal on behalf of a local food bank. For every item purchased, Feeding America will help secure one meal on behalf of the local member food bank in that area.

Donations at the Register: For the first time, Walmart customers can make a donation on behalf of their local Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.

 

This is Walmart’s 10th year partnering with Feeding America nationally to fight against hunger and the 2nd annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. Last year, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and their BackPack Program benefited from the $60,000 dollars from Walmart’s campaign to fight hunger.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

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 About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

About Walmart 

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,270 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

 

2nd Annual "Give A Day For Hunger"

 

Please join United Way of Central Kentucky and Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland for the 2nd Annual "Give A Day For Hunger" this April.

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In Hardin County alone, approximately 600 children rely on the Backpack Program to receive extra food on the weekends.
While spring break may be a time exciting vacations for some students, others will not know where their next meal is coming from if they are not being fed at school.  What happens to these children when school is not in session.

We need your help so we can send each of these children home with an extra bag of food to help them make it through spring break without going hungry.  Please join St. James students and volunteers from across Hardin County as United Way of Central Kentucky helps Feeding America replenish their vital supply of Backpack food bags for local children.

United Way of Central Kentucky is also looking for tshirt sponsors to help with this event.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Natalie Cubbage at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for sizes and pricing.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
starting at 9:00 AM EST

Where: Feeding America,
Kentucky’s Heartland Volunteer Center
300 Peterson Drive
Elizabethtown, KY

RSVP: Natalie Cubbage at 270-737-6608 or
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTXJR76

 

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Mary Cofer Trigg Fund Continues Supporting FAKH

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Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is pleased to announce that we recently received a $10,000 grant from the Mary Cofer Trigg Fund. We have been supported by the fund for several years, but this year’s grant was the largest amount we have ever received. The $10,000 grant will be used to support the BackPack Program in Hardin County. This program provides a bag of take home food every weekend of the school year. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to children who struggle with hunger when school meals are not available. Currently, there are over 600 children supported by this program in Hardin County alone.

If you would like more information about this program, or would like to make a donation to help support the BackPack Program in your county, please visit our the DONATION PAGE  or contact our office at 270-735-1407.

 

Conway, Comer, Grimes Encourage Kentuckians to Help Solve Hunger

 

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Frankfort, Kentucky – Attorney General Jack Conway, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and several state lawmakers spent the morning at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday rallying Kentuckians to join the fight against hunger.

According to the USDA, one in six Kentuckians is food-insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.

General Conway kicked off the rally by encouraging all Kentuckians to work to solve hunger. “All of us have a role to play in solving hunger in Kentucky – government, charities, business, and individuals,” Attorney General Conway said. “My office is pleased to be doing its part by sponsoring the March Against Hunger campaign, a fundraising event involving private law firms that helps feed hungry children and families in our communities. Each year, the donations received through March Against Hunger help ease the uncertainty for struggling families and make a difference in the fight against hunger in Kentucky.”

Commissioner Comer encouraged Kentucky taxpayers to “check the box” for hunger relief. 2015 marks the second year that Kentucky state income taxpayers can donate a portion of their refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the fund provides grants to nonprofits for the distribution of Kentucky-grown surplus agricultural commodities to low-income individuals.

“In a state with abundant natural resources, a strong agriculture industry, and a rich food history, no one should go to bed hungry,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “The Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund provides vital resources to nonprofits that help Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods while at the same time providing Kentucky farmers a new source of income. I hope all Kentuckians will join me in donating a portion of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund.”

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks’ Farms to Food Banks program helps farmers recoup losses for product that would not otherwise be sold because of cosmetic imperfections or overproduction. The produce is distributed to hungry Kentuckians throughout the state through the food bank network. It is fresh, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste.

In 2014, 373 Kentucky farmers from 66 counties were paid an average of $1,450 for the produce they provided. Over 3 million pounds of Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables were distributed to struggling Kentuckians in all 120 counties rather than going to waste in the field. That is the equivalent of filling half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for 4.8 million meals.

"An astounding one in four children doesn’t always know where his or her next meal will come from,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Donating a portion of their tax refund is an opportunity for Kentuckians to help ensure their most vulnerable neighbors have enough healthy food to eat.”

In 2014, the first year for the tax check-off program, state income taxpayers donated $41,443 to the fund.

“The $41,443 grant from the tax check-off donations allowed us to fill half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for over 200,000 meals during last year’s growing season,” said executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks Tamara Sandberg. “Our goal for 2015 is $60,000 in donations, which would provide enough produce for 300,000 meals.”

To raise awareness of the need among low-income Kentuckians and the opportunity to give to the trust fund, Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed February as Farms to Food Banks Month in Kentucky.

For more information, go to www.kafb.org.

About the Kentucky Association of Food Banks

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is comprised of seven Feeding America food banks that reach all 120 counties of Kentucky and serve an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians annually. Last year, its members distributed 50 million meals in partnership with more than 800 charitable feeding agencies such as pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community, visit kafb.org.

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