Hungry hearts: Feed the Children returns to help local needy families

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By Molly Haines

Each night, families across America wonder where their next meal will come from, children are sent to bed hungry. And while it may not seem possible, some of those children are likely in our own communities.
A semi-truck with 24,000 lbs. worth of food and essential items will soon unload here in Owen County, in an effort to help local families in need.
The Kentucky Speedway Charities will provide a Feed the Children distribution at the Owen County Fairgrounds June 13.
A Feed the Children semi-truck made a stop at Owen County’s Fan Fair two years ago.
Pat Beverly, who played a key role in bringing the distribution locally, said community members had sought to see the truck come back to Owen County ever since.
“We’ve been working on getting this here since the day we saw that big, beautiful truck come through town,” Beverly said. “We’re so excited for this and we’re able to see it happen because of the efforts of the First Christian Church, the (Owen County) Visioneers and Fan Fair.”
In order to receive food and necessities from the truck, a voucher must be brought to the fairgrounds the day of the event.
Beverly said those who wish to receive assistance may preregister at the Owen County Public Library and the Owen County judge-executive’s office, located in the Owen County courthouse.
Beginning at 9 a.m. the day of distribution, vouchers will be handed out to those who have preregistered.
Those interested may also register early by calling First Christian Church from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday.
The distribution itself will begin at 10 a.m., June 13.
In order to receive assistance, you must live in Owen County, have children in Owen County and have a need for assistance.
“The First Christian Church is going to be the host agency,” Beverly said. “It’s a joint effort with the county, who will provide a forklift to help unload the food and personal items.”
Beverly said each family will be given one box of food and one box of necessities.
“We’re just really excited about it,” Beverly said. “We sent flyers home with primary, elementary and middle-school students before school ended to let them know this would be happening. It’ll be a great thing.”