Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH), in collaboration with the City of Radcliff, hosted a remarkable Hunger Action Day event on Friday, September 15, 2023. The event, held in the Radcliff City Hall parking lot, was a resounding success, bringing together the community to address food insecurity and make a tangible difference in the lives of neighbors in need.
The event commenced at 10 a.m., setting the stage for a day of compassion and action. FAKH’s Executive Director, Jamie Sizemore, led the presentation, alongside esteemed Radcliff city officials, including Mayor J.J. Duvall and Radcliff City Council members. Together, they read the Hunger Action Day Proclamation, emphasizing the significance of FAKH’s mission to combat food insecurity.
Following the inspiring presentation, FAKH’s Mobile Food Pantry sprang into action, distributing a wide array of essentials, including fresh produce, lean meat, and other non-perishable staple food items to 497 community neighbors. This generous distribution provided vital nourishment to those who need it most.
Mayor Duvall expressed his pride in partnering with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, stating, “We were proud to partner with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland to host this event. Through our participation in Hunger Action Day, we hope to not only speak to the importance of FAKH’s mission to fight food insecurity, but to also make a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors.”
The timing of the event is significant as it aligns with Hunger Action Month, a national awareness campaign that takes place each September. During this month, FAKH focuses on how communities can come together to combat hunger not only in the region but also across the state and nation.
Recent data from the Map the Meal Gap study reveals the sobering reality that food insecurity is a substantial barrier in all 42 counties served by FAKH, affecting over 139,000 Kentuckians in the region. To tackle this issue, FAKH relies on the dedication of its community members to volunteer, donate and advocate for its food bank and network of agency partners.
This fall, FAKH is launching the Million Meals Challenge, with a resolute goal to provide one million meals to families and seniors throughout its service area by December 31, 2023. Remarkably, every $1 donation to FAKH translates into enough food for eight meals. With a target of $125,000, FAKH aims to bring Kentucky closer to a future without hunger.
“It is through partnerships and community outreach efforts that we can make a difference for our neighbors facing hunger,” emphasized Executive Director Jamie Sizemore. “Everyone has a role to play in alleviating hunger across Kentucky, whether it is by donating resources or donating your time through volunteering and advocacy efforts; there is something you can do to help your neighbor in need.”
The event was made possible by the dedication of many amazing volunteers who came together to support their community. To capture the spirit of the day, we invite you to view our gallery of photos here.
As Hunger Action Month continues, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland remains committed to the cause, and together, we can work towards a future where no one has to go to bed hungry.
For more information about how you can get involved and support FAKH’s mission, please visit feedingamericaky.org/take-action.
You can watch a recap of the event here: