United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) has collected more than 100,000 items to date (as of March 20th) in a region wide food drive titled “Feed the Need” across Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties. This brings the ten year total of collected items as a result of “Feed the Need” efforts to more than 675,000 items. In its first year of inception (2009), Feed the Need collected a little more than 43,000 items.

“Feed the Need” was originally created ten years ago in response to the increased need in our communities for access to basic needs including food. After speaking with the local food pantries that have benefited from the drives in previous years, it was made clear that assistance in providing a Safety Net of services like access to food was greatly needed once again this year.

This year, more than 70 companies and organizations in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties participated by holding internal food drives February 1st – March 16th. Individual county totals included:

Allen County: (1,033 items) U.S. Bank (Main Street, White Plains), Halton Company; The J.M. Smucker Company - not included in number of items collected; will report at end of week

Barren County: (3,796 items) Federal Mogul, U.S. Bank (Cave City, S. Green Street, Wall Street)

Butler County: (11,450 items) Beechtree News, Butler County Water District, North Butler Elementary School, Morgantown Elementary School, Morgantown Bank & Trust, WRECC

Hart County: (1,184 items) Kentucky Chrome Works

Logan County: (7,979 items) Auburn Banking Company, Berea Christian Church, Logan Aluminum, Electric Plant Board, Logan Memorial Hospital, U.S. Bank (Auburn, Russellville), Ventra Plastics

Simpson County: (3,214 items) Crocker Animal Hospital, Faith Baptist Academy, Franklin Precision Industry, Harman International, Simpson County Water District, Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Health Fair, Tractor Supply Company, U.S. Bank

Warren County: (more than 72,000 items) American Bank & Trust, Atmos Energy, BB&T (Fountain Square, Hartland, Lost River), Bendix Spicer, BGMU, BKD LLP, Bell Orr Ayers & Moore, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Charles M Moore Insurance, City of Bowling Green, Connected Nation, DCBS, ELPO, First State Bank, Fruit of the Loom, Georgia Pacific – Dixie, Graves Gilbert Clinic, GRECC, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Holiday Inn – University Plaza, LORD Corporation, Lowes, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Oakland Mt. Zion Church, SKYCTC, South Central Bank, Stewart Richey, Sumitomo, Trace Die Cast, U.S. Bank (Ashley Circle, Campbell Lane, Cave Mill, Lain Ave, Main Street, Northgate), Warren County Public Schools, Warren County Water District, WBKO, Wells Fargo – Ridley Group, WKU DPT Program, WKU Potter Hall, WRECC.

Each year as part of United Way’s “Feed the Need” Food Drive, volunteers are recruited to assist with passing out flyers and collecting donations at local participating grocery stores to supplement the collected items from organization drives. This year, approximately 300 volunteers assisted with the in store drives across the 7 participating counties.  

All donations benefit food banks in the county in which the donations were collected. The benefiting food banks include Barren River Area Safe Space, Community Action of Southern Kentucky (Hart, Allen, Butler, & Warren), Concerned Citizens of Logan County, St. Vincent DePaul, Good Samaritan of Logan and Simpson Counties, and The Salvation Army. Volunteers are continuing to add to the total number of items collected in each county as more donations continue to come in.

For more information on how you can help assist with providing access to basic needs, call the United Way office at 270-843-3205 or log onto the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.