September 26, 2016

Woodforest National Bank® Proudly supports Feeding America™, Kentucky's Heartland

Woodforest National Bank (Woodforest) has been a supporter of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) for several years and their community partnership with us is one that continues to grow.

The regional food bank located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky has been a benefiting organization of the Woodforest Charitable Foundation® since 2012. Each year, FAKH receives funds raised by the branches located within their service area to support children who are at risk of going hungry on the weekends when school meals are not available. Through their BackPack Program, these children receive a bag of food to take home each weekend during the school year. With the help of donors like Woodforest there are currently over 5,000 students in 35 Kentucky counties who benefit from this program.

However, since 2012, Woodforest and its employees have expanded its support from being solely monetary to now include volunteer efforts and participation in FAKH’s Board of Directors. In 2015, Jared Grant, Regional Manager for Western Kentucky, joined FAKH’s Board of Directors. As a Board Member Jared not only attends meetings where he provides insight on how to improve FAKH and better serve those in need, but he continues to find new ways to be engage with FAKH. One example is the Hunger Action Month Day of Service that is hosted by FAKH each September. This day is a special volunteer event where, in addition to the local community, local officials, State Representatives and Senators, and Board Members are invited to the Volunteer Center to “join in the fight against hunger”. Jared has participated every year. Not only does he make an effort to be involved himself, he also encourages his employees to do the same.

Over the past few months Jared has recruited several Woodforest employees from his region to participate in various FAKH volunteer events. In August he and two others spent several hours at the monthly food distribution in Bowling Green, Kentucky where they helped provide food to local individuals and families who struggle with hunger. In September, Jared continued these efforts by getting local employees to join him for this year’s Hunger Action Month Day of Service.

The support FAKH continues to receive from Woodforest, Woodforest Charitable Foundation, and others across its region is vital to its mission of serving those in need across their 42 county service area in Kentucky. If you want to learn more about how you can help Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland provide food to those it serves visit its website at www.feedingamericaky.org. or at 270-769-6997.

About Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is a regional food bank that provides assistance to more than 174,500 people in 42 Kentucky counties each year. Through support from individuals and organizations, such as United Way, FAKH distributes over 14 million pounds of food to approximately 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. FAKH also sponsors various hunger relief programs including the BackPack™ Program and Senior Box (CSFP) Program. FAKH’s main office and warehouses are located on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. For more information or to volunteer, sponsor a fundraiser or a food drive, or to make a secure online donation to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, visit their website at: www.feedingamericaky.org.

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