Todd County, Kentucky has been the birthplace of several people of note since it was founded nearly 200 years ago.1 Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States, and Kent Greenfield, a Major League Baseball player, were born in Guthrie.1, 2,3 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States from 1861 – 1865, was born Fairview.1, 4 But possibly the most important are those that often go unnoticed – the more than 1,600 people who struggle to put food on the table and provide for their family.
Todd County is one of the 42 counties served by our organization. According to a Feeding America study, approximately 1 in 7 people living in Todd County (13.6%) 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 Elkton and other parts of the county that provide a reliable, consistent source of food for these individuals and their families.
We currently have 3 partner agencies within the county:
Todd County Interfaith
Todd County Senior Center
Petrie Memorial United Methodist Church
Through this partnership, we are not only able to help individuals and families fill their pantries and tables with various food items, but we also have specific programs that support those in the community who are more vulnerable. For example, each month we provide a box of food to more than 160 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
We are incredibly grateful to the people of Todd County and all that they are doing to fight hunger in their community. But there is still a lot to be done. Together we can make sure that the state of hunger in Elkton and the surrounding area improves too.