Food Pantries in Kentucky Working to Make Sure Children Have Enough Food Over Holidays

Dec 20, 2012

With the end-of-year holiday season upon us, charities throughout the listening area are trying to make sure needy children are stocked up with enough food to last through the school break.

The Hardin County-based Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland provides food-insecure children in 33 counties a backpack full of food that can be taken home from school on Fridays. The group's development director, Tami Delaney, says sponsoring agencies in each county try to make sure the program participants are given enough non-perishable items to help them through the time away from school.

"What (the agencies) actually do is double up during the holiday season, so if they know a child is going to be out, they'll provide two bags of food. So they try to make sure that enough is sent home to cover the holiday time, and our pantries are also available," Delaney told WKU Public Radio.

Delaney says 35% of households served by food banks affiliated with Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland have at least one child. The group's backpack program covers a host of counties in our listening area, including Barren, Hardin, Logan, Ohio, Simpson, and Warren.