As July 1 begins our new fiscal year, so, to, does it bring about new opportunities for improvement and growth at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland – in every aspect of our organization. From food acquisition to distribution and everywhere in between, we always are looking for ways to better meet the needs of those facing hunger in our service area.
As a team, we recognize that there is room for improvement in any organization to optimize performance. That’s why you may have seen communication recently regarding our three-year, strategic path forward plan of action. We are working with Armstrong & Associates to develop a plan for the future of our organization, which involves input from key stakeholders – the community, our clients and employees. Thank you to all who have participated in the recent Strategic Plan survey! We know your input will be key to our efforts to better serve our neighbors facing hunger.
Also of note, we are looking forward to our Volunteer Center returning somewhat back to pre-pandemic operations. We now can welcome volunteers ages 12 and older, with no masks required, though we strongly encourage that unvaccinated volunteers continue wearing a mask for their own safety. Volunteers no longer need to be scheduled, however we do have a limit to the number of people who can be in the building at once. We ask that you call ahead to ensure there is a spot before you stop by because we don’t want to have to turn you away! And remember, you don’t have to be a resident of Hardin County to visit our Volunteer Center. We welcome several organizations from surrounding areas. Come help pack Senior Boxes and BackPack Program Bags!
Speaking of the BackPack Program, later this month we will be hosting a concerted fundraising effort for each of our counties that participate in the program. Look for more information soon on how to contribute and help us kick off the 2021-2022 school year with a bang! We know that families with school-age children have been hit especially hard because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will take time for them to recover. The BackPack Program provides something to hold kids over throughout the weekends, when they aren’t receiving breakfast and lunch at school.
So many exciting things are happening at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. As we look toward our plans for the future, we will not lose sight of the reason we are here. We work every day toward the vision that no one in our service area goes to bed hungry!