Like many others across the country, Butler County, Kentucky is described as “a community where everyone knows everyone by name.”1 However, even in a small southern town where secrets seem impossible, there are things you may not know about your neighbor. You may not know that they dream of starting their own business. You may not know they were the first in their family to go to college. And you may not know they struggle to put food on the table to feed their family each night.
Butler County is one of the 42 counties served by our organization. According to a Feeding America study, approximately 1 in 6 people living in Butler County (16.5%) are food-insecure. This means while they might not be going completely without food, they don’t always know when or where that food will come from. To help alleviate this uncertainty, we operate several programs in Morgantown and other parts of the county, to provide a reliable, consistent source of food for these individuals and their families.
We currently have 3 partner agencies within the county:
Butler County Community Action
Wilson Home General Baptist
Through these partnerships, we are not only able to help individuals and families fill their pantries and tables with various food items, but also have programs that support those in the community who are more vulnerable.
Each month we provide a box of food to nearly 140 seniors through the CSFP Program. This government commodities program helps support those who are 60 and older and struggle to meet all of their own needs, usually because of a limited income. In addition, the BackPack Program provides weekend food to over 125 students who often rely on the school meals they receive during the week as a main source of nourishment.
We are incredibly grateful for our partner agencies in Butler County and all that they are doing to fight hunger in their community. But there is still a lot to be done. Part of Morgantown’s vision for their community is to promote an environment “where our quality of life is protected.”2 Together, we can work to fight hunger and ensure that everyone has the quality of life they deserve.