March 13, 2023 – Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) has announced that a partner agency in Meade County has expanded services to further combat food insecurity in the community. St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Brandenburg will now be distributing food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
A USDA program, TEFAP supplements the diets of low-income Americans with 100 percent American -grown USDA foods at no cost. Qualified individuals are able to pick up TEFAP resources once per month at a designated location in their community.
Through the expansion, TEFAP distribution will be more flexible for Meade County residents, providing them with time slots in the morning and afternoon to pick up their monthly resources. Distribution sessions will take place each Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 515 Broadway Street in Brandenburg.
In addition, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church has access to non-TEFAP food, which has no income guidelines. This ensures resources will be provided to anyone expressing a need, regardless of income. “Residents of Meade County will now have access to TEFAP foods both during daytime and evening hours throughout the month making it more accessible to working families who require resources,” said FAKH Executive Director Jamie Sizemore.
Over 3,000 people are food insecure in Meade County, and one out of every eight adults in the county is at risk of hunger.
“We are grateful for our six partner agencies in Meade County who work tirelessly to offer stability and access to food for their neighbors facing hunger,” Sizemore said. “It underscores how collaborations with like-minded organizations where people facing hunger are at the center of all we do.”