When we say “Fight Hunger” what does that look like? At Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland we work continually to provide for those in need. We rely on a network of people and organizations to supply us with food, to transport food to our 233 partner agencies, and to distribute that food to those in need in 42 counties in Kentucky – 16,000 miles.
But we also rely on you – the volunteers and donors – who share their time and treasure to help make a difference. We could not do what we do without your support and dedication and we thank you for your continued assistance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many people in our service area – most especially families with children. More and more families are relying on us to keep them fed during these trying times, and those numbers continue to rise as the pandemic rages on. From March through November of this year demand for our services has increased 20 percent. In addition, we’ve distributed:
- 25,407 Emergency Food Boxes
- 216 Mobile Food Pantries
- 13,721,842 pounds of food
- More than 11.4 million meals
- 101,037 BackPack Program Bags
- 75,797 Senior Boxes
In November alone we distributed 1,571,594 pounds of food, for 1,309,661 meals. That’s a 24 percent increase over the same month last year.
These alarming statistics are why we are calling on you to dig a little deeper and consider becoming a Faithful Partner by creating a recurring donation. With just $25 a month you can provide 200 meals to families in need. But if that’s not feasible, donations of even $5-$10 per month make a huge impact in helping to ensure no one goes to bed hungry.
We are forever grateful for the support you’ve already shown and the donations you’ve already provided to help our neighbors in need, because they are OUR neighbors. Even before the pandemic, one in seven adults and one in five children will face food insecurity in our service area.
We hope you will consider becoming a recurring donor to this worthy cause and help us provide for families who may be forced to choose between buying medicine, paying rent, paying an electric bill, or buying food.