While the majority of our partner agencies serve the food needs of those across our region who are struggling to make ends meet, there are a few that also provide other services.
FAKH currently works with 3 health clinics within the 42 counties we serve: allowing us to donate over-the-counter medications and other items that are typically not distributed by our partner food pantries. These partnerships allow FAKH to use the donations we receive more efficiently, and ultimately serve more individuals and families in our service area.
Paula Travis, R.N., Executive Director at the Nelson County Community Clinic, says that being able to provide these medications and assistance to those who cannot get help elsewhere is the most rewarding part of her job.
Since taking the position in December 2015, her responsibilities have included day-to-day operations, fundraising, and volunteer management. But like many of the 1,800 people the clinic has served over the past 10 years, Paula knows first-hand that healthcare and medical costs often take a backseat to other necessities like food, electricity, and rent.
Before she was an employee at the Community Clinic, Paula, a Bardstown native, was a patient at the clinic herself. This experience has allowed Paula to appreciate the work of the clinic even more. At the clinic, individuals can receive free medical and dental care, vision services, and over-the-counter medications. For many, the clinic, and the services they provide, are the only option because of limited resources. Without it, most of them could not get the care they need.