As Fall Break soon approaches forlocal schools, many children find themselves worried about where their next meal will come from. For children living in poverty, school meals are a main source of nutrition and school breaks can mean empty stomachs. Thanks to a special partnership between United Way of Central Kentucky, Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, Give270, and HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital, students benefitting from the BackPack program will receive an extra bag of food for Fall Break through the Give a Day for Hunger initiative.
Give a Day for Hunger began in 2014 when St. James student Nate Jarboe encouraged his peers to ask for donations for a need that is meaningful to them in lieu of gifts for special occasions. Jarboe chose childhood hunger in Hardin County as his personal cause. United Way of Central Kentucky answered his call to action to help organize the project and invites community members to join Jarboe in assembling BackPack Program bags in an expanded week of Give a Day for Hunger service opportunities. In order to accommodate record levels of volunteer interest, the project will be growing from a one-day event to include multiple time slots available during the week of Oct. 11.
Business groups, civic organizations, and larger teams are encouraged to sign up for the dates of Oct. 11-13 during the hours of 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. EST at Feeding America’s Volunteer Center, located at 300 Peterson Dr. in Elizabethtown. Families, individuals, and other interested volunteers may also serve on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST.
“This year we are excited to announce that because of donations made by generous community members with Give270, students on the BackPack program in Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, and Larue Counties will now benefit from Give A Day For Hunger,” said Dana Garrett, Director of Community Engagement for United Way of Central Kentucky. “This initiative was chosen out of all the kick starter projects reviewed by Give270 members, and we look forward to serving more children because of this support.”
During the Spring 2016 Give A Day For Hunger project, over 500 volunteers from organizations, businesses, youth groups, and other caring community members spent over 700 hours packing 11,808 Backpack Program bags to ensure that no student would go hungry over Spring Break.
If interested in taking part in this event and to secure a time slot, individuals are encouraged to register at https://centralkyserves.org. Time slots are available from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. For questions, contact Ashley Tiemann at [email protected] or call 270-737-6608. Additional information is also available at unitedwayck.org.