The Effects of a Disability

Each day, more than 10,000 people leave the workforce.  For many, it comes in the form of retiring after decades of hard work – looking forward to less stress and fewer worries.  However, not everyone who leaves the workforce does so by choice.

According to the 2010 Census, nearly 1 in 5 Americans has a disability.1  For many, these disabilities keep them from working, ultimately hindering their ability to provide for themselves and their families.  This includes their ability to put food on the table.  Across our 42 county service area, roughly 62% of those we serve are disabled.

These individuals get assistance from our partner agencies in the form of food pantries, soup kitchens, and various other programs because they often struggle to make ends meet with limited resources. These agencies help ensure that their local community members don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from.  Or if their children will go hungry.  But they can’t do it alone.

It is vital that food banks, such as Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, and community members continue to work together to fight hunger.  For more information about services available, to volunteer, sponsor a fundraiser or food drive, or to make a secure, online donation to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, call (270) 769-6997 or visit








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