United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) collected more than 40,000 items in Warren County and more than 55,00 items region-wide during their annual “Feed the Need” food drive, with several organizational food collections still running. Nearly 75 organizations in Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties participated in Feed the Need either by running an internal drive or by volunteering at store drives in Barren, Butler, Logan and Warren counties.
The food collected in each county stayed in the county where it was collected and was divided among nearly 20 nonprofit agencies across the region. “Feed the Need” was created in 2009 in response to the increased need in our communities for access to basic needs, including food. Since its inception, United Way of Southern Kentucky’s “Feed the Need” drives have collected nearly 1,000,000 nonperishable food items.
“Nonprofits are serving those who are facing everyday difficulties but are now also addressing the challenges of those who were impacted by recent tornados. As those individuals who were affected by the tornados move into long-term housing and are returning to their homes, many of them are returning home to empty shelves and often times their insurance won’t cover the cost of lost food. So this year Feed the Need is even more vital to area nonprofits, as many of the agencies feel the weight of helping even more households than before. We are honored to come alongside those agencies and assist them through Feed the Need” stated Debbie Hills, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky.