Like many counties across the Bluegrass, Hancock County, Kentucky is often described as having “small town charm with access to big city life.”1 However, even in a quaint, close-knit community like Lewisport and the surrounding areas, there are characteristics most would agree aren’t very “charming” – like hunger for instance.
Hancock County is one of the 42 counties served by our organization. According to a Feeding America study, approximately 1 in 8 people living in Hancock County (13.2%) are food-insecure. This means while they might not be going completely without food, they don’t always know when or where their food will come from. To help alleviate this uncertainty, we operate several programs in Hawesville and other parts of the county to provide a reliable, consistent source of food for these individuals and their families.
We currently have 2 partner agencies within the county:
Help Office of Hancock County
Hawesville Methodist Church
Through these partnerships, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland helps individuals and families fill their pantries and tables with various food items, and offers specific programs to support those in the community who are more vulnerable. For example, each month we provide a box of food to more than 100 seniors through the CSFP Program. This government commodities program helps support those individuals who are 60 and older and struggle to meet all of their own needs, usually because of a limited income.
We are incredibly grateful for our partner agencies in Hancock County and all they do to fight hunger in their community. But there is still a lot to be done. Together, we can work to fight hunger and ensure that everyone has the quality of life they deserve.