Louisville, Ky. (November 5, 2014)— Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Kentuckiana (RMHCK), Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, will provide local school-aged children at risk of going hungry over the weekend with a bag of take-home food each Friday during the 2014 – 2015 school year.
The RMHCK grant program, funded in part by local McDonald’s® Restaurants of Kentuckiana owner/operators, awards $90,000 to local charities each year.
The generous grant will be used to provide students in Green, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, who have been identified as food insecure, with a bag of food items each Friday throughout the school year. This stable source of food helps the children perform better as students, leading to a more successful adult life.
“As part of our mission to lend support to organizations who aid children, we are grateful to have the opportunity to help provide these local at-risk students with a reliable food source on the weekends,” said Hal Hedley, RMHCK Executive Director. “We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership to feed hungry children in Kentucky’s heartland.”
Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, founded in 1982, is a regional Feeding America affiliated food bank located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The BackPack Program was implemented by the organization in 2006, serving one county and approximately 60 children. The BackPack Program now provides approximately 5,500 children in 35 counties with the basic necessity of food, which many do not have. For more information on the organization and ways to help, visit http://www.feedingamericaky.org/.
Photo Caption: Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland receives $5,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Kentuckiana Grant. Pictured from left: Gary Miles, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Executive Director; Donna Propes, BackPack Program Representative; Hal Headly, RMHCK Executive Director; Thomas Burrell, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator
About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Since 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) has provided a "home away from home" for families of children being treated at area medical facilities. Support from area businesses, volunteers and individual donations enable RMHCK to serve these families in need. RMHCK also provides grants to local children's charities and scholarships to area students. Since its inception, RMHCK has served over 27,000 families in need.