FAKH currently works with six partner agencies in Barren County to serve families, seniors, and children who don’t always know where their next meal will come from. One of those agencies committed to making sure the needs of people in Glasgow and the surrounding areas are met is the Glasgow Housing Authority.
Each month staff members work hard to provide various food assistance programs to those in their community; ensuring that more than 300 people have a reliable source of food. One of these programs is the Commodity and Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), or Senior Box Program, which provides government commodities once a month to qualified seniors, age 60 and over, who struggle to meet their needs on their own. Vicki Morrison, the Service Coordinator for the Elderly and Disabled at the Housing Authority, is in charge of the program in Barren County and has seen firsthand how beneficial it is.
“I learned the difficulty the seniors and disabled face with hunger issues. But this program not only provides increased food stability but it also provides a social activity for our seniors. They get there early so they can visit with each other and so it helps meet their needs on many different levels,” said Morrison.
Vicki has been working at the Housing Authority for the past nine years and in that time she has not only helped those she serves each month, but she has also benefited as well. When asked what motivated her to get involved with hunger relief she admitted “I wasn’t really inspired (to get involved) until after I began work with this agency.” But since then she has become more active in the community, volunteering to help with various projects that support those less fortunate, including delivering Thanksgiving dinners and coordinating a Children’s Day Celebration.
“Now it is a need that is near and dear to my heart. I love knowing that I am able to give our participants more food security. It warms my heart to see how grateful they are and to know that we are able to provide those meals they might otherwise miss,” said Vicki.