The holiday season is always a good time to take a moment to be thankful for the things we have. In this case, the ability to put food on the table and feed our families. It's also a good time to remember not everyone in our community has that ability, and that the right thing for those of us who can is to do our part to lend them a helping hand.

Food Insecurity in Kentucky

The rising cost of everything, particularly groceries due to the current inflation issue has left many families here in the Tri-State dealing with food insecurity, some of which may have never dealt with it before. According to Feeding America, 579,770 people in Kentucky are facing hunger, and 154,290 of them are children. That's one in every eight people and one in every seven kids.

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Closer to home, Feeding America says Henderson County has a 13.7% food insecurity rate which is equal to 6,200 residents. In Daviess County, 11%, or 11,830 are dealing with it. 14.2% or 1,960 residents in Union County are struggling, and in Webster County, the number is 1,930, or 14.9%. That's 21,920 people in total, which in my opinion is 21,920 too many.

2023 Helping the Hungry Can Food Drive

Ryan O'Bryan
Ryan O'Bryan

If you're fortunate to be someone who isn't dealing with food insecurity, we have a way you can help those who are. We've teamed up with our friends at Henderson Chevrolet, GMC once again for the annual Helping the Hungry Can Food Drive at Sureway Foods.

This year's drive will take place from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Friday, November 17th. We'll be broadcasting throughout the day from the Sureway Foods location on 2nd Street across from Henderson North Middle School with large bins where you can drop off your donation. Donations will be accepted at the Watson Lane and Green Street Sureway Foods locations during that time as well.

All donations will be turned over to the Henderson Christian Community Outreach which will make sure they get distributed to families in need ahead of the holiday season. If you don't have time to shop, we'll also be accepting monetary donations and will gladly do the shopping for you.

[Source: Feeding America]

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