Warren County, Kentucky was named for General Joseph Warren.1 General Warren served in the Revolutionary War and ended up playing a part in several key moments in history. In addition to his involvement in the Battle of Bunker Hill, General Warren was also responsible for sending William Dawes and Paul Revere on the famous midnight ride. 1 I imagine General Warren would be proud to know that county named in his honor is growing and thriving all these years later. But what he likely wouldn’t be proud to know is that more than 18,000 people in Warren County struggle to put food on the table and provide for their family.
Warren County is one of the 42 counties served by our organization. According to a Feeding America study, approximately 1 in 7 people living in Warren County (15.2%) 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 Bowling Green and other parts of the county that provide a reliable, consistent source of food for these individuals and their families.
We currently have 18 partner agencies within the county:
Bowling Green Towers
Barren River Area Safe Space
Boys & Girls Club
Calvary Care Center
First Christian Church
Greenwood Park Church of Christ
Meadowland Baptist Church
Oakland Baptist Church
Regency Park Apartments
St. Vincent DePaul – Holy Spirit
St. Vincent DePaul – St. Joseph’s
State Street Baptist Church
University Church of Christ
Warren County Senior Center
Through these partnerships, we are not only able to help individuals and families fill their pantries and tables with various food items, we also have specific programs that support those in the community who are more vulnerable.
Each month we provide a box of food to more than 550 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 300 students, who often rely on the school meals they receive during the week as a main source of nourishment.
We are incredibly grateful to the people of Warren 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 Bowling Green and the surrounding area improves, too.