In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of volunteers in mind, United Way voted to postpone the 12th annual Feed the Need food collection drive. It was scheduled in 25 stores across the region on March 20 and March 21 and will be scheduled for a later date.
Although the in-store drives have been postponed, United Way received dozens of deliveries from organizations across the region on March 20.
The United Way says the goods from those more than 50 companies throughout the Barren River Area Development District will be sorted and distributed to more than 15 local food banks, to supply meals for individuals and families.
All donations benefit food banks in the county in which they were collected.
In addition to the supplies from company drives, United Way of Southern Kentucky has awarded $25,000 in grants to local food pantries and organizations that provide food to those in need. The funding will aid organizations in dispensing food in the coming weeks and months.
Debbie Hills, CEO of United Way stated, “While the decision to postpone Feed the Need was a difficult choice to make due to the dramatic increase in the need for food, we must care for our volunteers and the public. We hope these grants, in addition to the food collected through company drives, provide a meaningful influx of much needed food for people in need.”
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