Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 27, 2013

Fighting hunger one backpack at a time

Feb. 27, 2013 — No one likes the thought of a child going hungry, anywhere in the world, much less in their home town. Walmart Foundation Good Works Programs is standing up against the fight in Carter County's back yard.

The Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency, Inc. and Walmart Foundation Good Works Programs are teaming up, along with the help of Kings Way Church, to fight local hunger.

The Walmart Foundation Good Works Programs presented the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency with a $50,000 check Tuesday, Feb. 19.

“We truly appreciate the donation from Walmart and what it does for our children,” says Northeast Executive Director David Carroll.

Last year The Walmart Foundation Good Works Program donated 14.6 million dollars to Kentucky residents, states Marketing Manager Market 259, Northeast Kentucky Rob Felber.

Feedingamerica.org indicates in 2011 there were 16.7 million children, under 18 years of age, were living in homes where food was unsecured. Heartbreaking statistics no matter the age of the child, but studies show the first three years of life are the most important in establishing a good foundation in multiple aspects; physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity.

Many schools and other organizations are combating this issue with similar projects. The Northeast program is offered to all three and four year old students in any of the four county preschool classes. The Northeast Kentucky territory includes Carter, Elliott, Lawrence and Greenup counties.

“The hunger our Head Start staff sees is when they notice a child hiding an extra piece of food into their jacket so they can take it home with them, or when the child asks for extra food because the didn't have anything for supper last night or breakfast that morning. This means that our children will at least have some food once they leave school for the weekend,” Carroll adds.

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