County Spotlight: Fulton County

 

For many Kentuckians, Fulton County is probably one of the most interesting counties in the state. Not because of who’s from there, an event they have, or a historical landmark, but rather a piece of land that is only 11 square miles.  While the peninsula that lies to the west, across the Kentucky Bend of the Mississippi River, looks no different than the rest of the county, there is something worth taking a second look at.  Interestingly enough, the only way to get to that part of Kentucky, is to go through Tennessee.  But this isn’t the only thing worth taking a second look at in Fulton County.1

Like the peninsula, there are many people in Fulton County who look no different than the rest of the community.  But on second look, you’ll notice that roughly 1 in 5 people there (21%) are food-insecure.  This means that 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, there are several programs in Hickman and the surrounding areas that provide a reliable, consistent source of food for these individuals and their families. These programs are run by the Purchase Area Development District (PADD), the Partner Distributing Organization (PDO) that operates under FAKH in western Kentucky.

We currently have 1 partner agency within the county:

Ken-Tenn Food Bank

Through our partnership with PADD and this local agency, not only are these individuals and families able to fill their pantries and tables with various food items, there are also programs that support those in the community who are more vulnerable. Each month more than 90 seniors are provided with a box of food through the CSFP Program.  This government commodities program helps support those who are 60 and older that struggle to meet all of their own needs, usually because of a limited income.  In addition, the BackPack Program provides weekend food to almost 50 students who often rely on the school meals they receive during the week as a main source of nourishment.

We are incredibly grateful for PADD, the agencies in Fulton County, and all that they are doing to fight hunger in western Kentucky.  But there is still a lot to be done.  Your support can make sure everyone has enough food to adequately support themselves and their families.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County,_Kentucky


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