NEWS RELEASE – September 17, 2012
Christian Appalachian Project First Annual Hunger Awareness March – Hunger Matters September is Hunger Action Month
LEXINGTON, KY September 17, 2012/Press Release/ --September is Hunger Action Month, and people across the nation are stepping up and joining the fight against hunger in our communities. Approximately 25% of those living within Rockcastle County experience hunger on a daily basis, a fact that underscored the kickoff of Hunger Action Month by Christian Appalachian Project’s (CAP) Grateful Bread Food Pantry (GBFP). www.christianapp.org The Grateful Bread Food Pantry, a mission of CAP, is organizing its’ First Annual Hunger Action March, in conjunction with the city of Mt. Vernon. The approximate 2-mile march will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. on East Main Street in downtown Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. Within the first six months of 2012, the Grateful Bread Food Pantry served on average 2,057 of our residents. That equals 51.6% of those living in poverty within our community. Food for the GBFP is received from various sources. However, the more food and monetary donations received, the more GBFP is able to provide for those in need. Madonna Faye a recipient of the GBFP states, “I would not be able to eat without CAP. The Grateful Bread Food Pantry means food on my table, and when you live off of disability, it is hard to put food on your table and pay your bills. It is so hard to get food, but this place has never let me down. It has always been here, and I can count on it; I don’t know what we would do without it.” Hunger and poverty are nationwide issues and are not just regional problems. According to the US Census Bureau, the 2010 census recorded that Rockcastle County has 3,984 citizens living in poverty. That averages out to one-in-four (1 in 4) or 25% of the population that can’t afford the food they need to feed their families. Join us to help March out Hunger. It is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real lasting impact on our efforts… to feed more hungry families, particularly women and children. To register for the walk call Jolene Rice at (606) 256-3053 ext.3; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Carolyn Lindsey at (606) 256-5921 ext. 4; email email@example.com. You can also register on-site the day of the walk. A non-perishable food item is requested in lieu of a registration fee. FREE T-shirts will be given to participants until the supply is depleted. And, door prizes will be awarded after the walk. To learn more about CAP, and ways to give go to www.christianapp.org and click on “GIVE NOW.”
MISSION - The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.