One in seven adults, and one in five children, in the 42 counties we serve are faced with hunger every day. These are our neighbors, our friends, our family members, and maybe even ourselves. We know that hunger is a real issue here in our region and one that isn’t easily solved. But with your help we can continue fighting hunger and helping those in need. Together we can continue providing them with food assistance so that they no longer have to make tough decisions like whether to pay for utilities or food for their family, a choice many of our clients are faced with each month.
Each week, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland serves 16,700 people through a variety of programs. In a given year we serve 174,500, including 43,625 children and 47,115 seniors.
Jasmine Henry moved to Radcliff with her mother and seven siblings when she was in the eighth grade. Like many others in our region, her family struggled to make ends meet. Despite working multiple jobs, Jasmine’s mother frequently worried about feeding her children from week to week. To help bridge the meal gaps they often faced, the family sought help from various local agencies and programs, including our BackPack Program. This program ensured that all eight of them had enough to eat over the weekend when school meals weren’t available and resources at home were limited.
Jasmine is now 24 with a young son of her own. She began volunteering at FAKH’s Volunteer Center with the group from Praise Out Loud Global Ministries (www.polgm.org). This cheerful and energetic group of ladies helps pack boxes of food for seniors for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program – of which Jasmine’s grandfather benefits from – and bags for the BackPack Program. She finds joy in the opportunity to be involved with the program and organization that helped her and her family so much during her childhood.
“My work is affecting another child and family the same way I was helped,” Jasmine said. “That is uplifting. It’s a comfort to know another kid won’t be hungry.”