Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and Lincoln Trail District Health Department Partner to “Brush Away Hunger and Tooth Decay”

(Elizabethtown, KY) Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) is proud to partner with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department (LTDHD) for a Toothbrush Drive benefitting children who participate in the BackPack Program.

In our area, one in four children are at risk for hunger. There is also the concern of childhood tooth decay which is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. In an effort to “Brush Away Hunger and Tooth Decay”, FAKH, LTDHD, and other local organizations are working together to collect individually wrapped, child sized toothbrushes that will be distributed to students across the area through the BackPack Program.  This program provides food to children who are at risk of going hungry on the weekend when school meals are not available. In addition to hunger, these children are also at increased risk for poor dental hygiene and tooth decay.

The Toothbrush Drive will run from October 3rd to November 4th and donations can be dropped at any of the following locations: NECCO, MOD Squad Teen Outreach, WQXE, Ladies Auxiliary, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, and the Hardin County Extension Office. There will also be a Toothbrush Drive event at the Towne Mall Kroger on Friday, October 21st from 3:00PM-5:00PM where anyone is welcome to drop off toothbrushes as well.

About Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is a regional food bank that provides assistance to more than 174,500 people in 42 Kentucky counties each year.  Through support from individuals and organizations, such as United Way, FAKH distributes over 14 million pounds of food to approximately 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. FAKH also sponsors various hunger relief programs including the BackPack™ Program and Senior Box (CSFP) Program.  FAKH’s main office and warehouses are located on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  For more information or to volunteer, sponsor a fundraiser or a food drive, or to make a secure online donation to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, visit their website at:  www.feedingamericaky.org

About Lincoln Trail District Health Department

Lincoln Trail District Health Department is a leading Health Strategist for a six county area.  Our mission is to provide assurance of the public’s health and safety through assessment, intervention, education, and preparedness.  This is accomplished through the strengthening of communities by utilizing proven practices that foster better health for everyone.  This partnership with Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland is another example of how we are working to positively impact health in our community. For more information visit  https://lincolntrailhealthdepartment.com/





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