Organizations address hunger in Trimble Co.

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By The Staff

This letter is in response to the letter in the Jan. 27 issue of The Trimble Banner.

I have been working at the Morgan Community Center since March 1997. I work with children and adults every day.

The City of Bedford allows me, along with volunteers, to distribute bread and baked goods Wednesday afternoons to the citizens of Trimble County.

Recently, the Bedford City Commission approved a Dare to Care food bank that will be funded through the Tri-County Community Action Agency. This, too, will be run by me and volunteers.

The community center also is one of four sites for the Summer Feeding Program, which provides free lunches to children in the community during the month of June; it is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented by the Trimble County Schools food service program.

The Family Resouces and Youth Services Center also distributes backpacks to children on Fridays during the school year that contain food for the weekend.

When school is out for extended periods of time – holidays, summer vacation, school breaks and even snow days – not a day goes by that a child does not come to me and tells me he or she is hungry. And it’s not the same children every day.

I have given them Hometown pizza coupons and they have walked there – in pouring-down rain and snow – to get something to eat.

I personally have fixed food for them on many occasions, and worry every day about the children who are hungry in the community.

There are also adults, young and old, who need food throughout the month. Some people never ask for help, but word gets to me and I will take a box of food to them. They always seem appreciative for the food.

There is not a person in this county who does not know someone in need. Sometimes we don’t bother, or just think that there is not a problem and it will go away. We need help here as much as anywhere else in the world. Some months are worse then others. Winter seems worse because of high utility bills and the lack of vegetable gardens.

But the need is always there.

There are a lot of different agencies in the county that could use donations and volunteers. To volunteer or donate, please feel free to call me at (502) 255-4879 and I will get you in touch with the right people.

And when you go to the grocery, consider picking up one extra canned-food item and donate it to the food bank. If everyone did this each week, the food bank’s shelves would never be empty. And it would make you feel good knowing that you helped someone not go hungry.

Rita Davis Bedford, Ky