courtesy of Feeding America:
Edmonson Co., Ky. – Through the combined efforts of REALTOR® Association of Southern Kentucky (RASK) and Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH), a total of 5,207 pounds of food have been distributed to families in need in Edmonson County.
Now in its 10th year, REALTORS® Hope for Hunger, led by members of RASK and in partnership with FAKH, again hosted a food and fund drive to bring awareness and fight hunger in southern Kentucky. More than $35,000 in funds were collected, and Western Kentucky University’s Greek organizations donated food from their April Greek Week CanStruction Event held on campus. A total of 98,507 pounds of food was distributed to school resource centers in southern Kentucky.
“The support of our community has always been, and continues to be, tremendous,” said Brooke Vinson, chairperson for the REALTORS® Community Service Committee. “With their help, over the last decade we have been able to distribute nearly 3.2 million servings of food for people facing hunger in southern Kentucky.”
Family Resource Coordinators from schools in Edmonson County will determine how the food will be allocated.
“They are in the best possible position to see which of the children and families in their area need a hand up,” Vinson said.
With one in five children facing hunger in FAKH’s service area, Jamie Sizemore, executive director of FAKH, said projects like this are needed now more than ever.
“As we shift more toward recovery in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know we will see families continue to face hunger,” Sizemore said. “This food and fund drive directly supports food insecure families and we couldn’t be happier to partner with RASK to help them provide much-needed sustenance.”