Initiative addresses hunger in Kentucky

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Landmark News Service

It’s a situation hard for some of us to fathom.
Many in the area don’t know from day to day where their next meal is coming from. It’s estimated more than 700,000 Kentucky residents are faced with this dilemma each day.
Hunger in Kentucky is a dire issue, but one that can be solved.
To help with the solution, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently visited Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland to bolster a hunger-fighting partnership: The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl.
A friendly competition between area development districts, the drive runs from Oct. 16 to 27. It is a collaborative effort between the office of Kentucky Secretary of State, the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.
Its goal is to raise 400,000 pounds of food and $50,000 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of state legislation that created the area development districts.
Each of the 15 Kentucky development districts will compete.
“It’s the first of its kind, a statewide challenge,” Grimes said during an address at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown where she rolled out the local initiative. “May the best area development district win.”
Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Executive Director Gary Miles said 81 percent of its clients don’t know where their next meal will come from. Kentucky’s Heartland serves 42 counties, including all eight of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District: Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties.
Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger, who also is first vice chairwoman of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, said at Grimes’ announcement they “accept the challenge, without a doubt.”
To help the Lincoln Trail district meet the challenge, it is time for residents to step up and donate as they’ve done so many times before.
To make donations, drop off food items or mail contributions to the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, 613 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Food items also can be dropped at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland’s warehouse at 313 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.
When making deliveries to Feeding America, tell them it is for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl.
“My hope today ... is we will see this need met and we will see families that can actually celebrate the holidays with happiness, instead of with fear of where their next meal is coming from,” Grimes said in her local speech.
Regardless of political party, we all can share this hope.
To learn more, go to www. HelpFeedKY.com.