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United Way's "Feed the Need" Food Drive Receives Record Breaking Number of Donations for Local Food Banks

Mar 17 - 21, 2014 | Campus locations

Feed the Need Sign

The Campus and Community Service Committee of SKYCTC conducted an internal food drive for United Way “Feed the Need”.  

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) has collected more than 60,000 items so far as of March 22nd in a region wide food drive titled "Feed the Need" across Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties.

"Feed the Need" was created in 2009 in response to the community's increased need for basic resources. That need continues in 2014. Since it's inception in 2009, "Feed the Need" has collected more than 300,000 items for local food pantries across Southern Kentucky. The "Feed the Need" Food Drive is just one way that United Way is taking action and changing lives in Southern Kentucky.

This year, more than 105 companies and organizations in Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties participated by holding internal food drives February 24th - March 21st. Participating companies and organizations included:

Allen County: Allen County DCBS, U.S. Bank - Main Street, U.S. Bank - White Plains, South Central Bank - Scottsville Office, JM Smucker Company, Scottsville Police Department

Barren County: Citizens First Bank - So. L. Rogers Wells Blvd, Citizens First Bank - West Cherry Street, BB&T - Glasgow/ Cave City, BB&T - Glasgow/ Cave City, BB&T - Glasgow/ Cave City, RR Donnelley, Federal Mogul, U.S. Bank - Cave City, U.S. Bank - Main Street, U.S. Bank- Wall Street

Logan County: Auburn Pierce Memorial Methodist Church, BB&T - Russellville, Electric Plant Board of Russellville, Emerson Electric, Ventra Plastics Inc, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, LifeSkills, U.S. Bank - Russellville, U.S. Bank - Auburn, Logan Aluminum, Russellville Rotary 

Simpson County: Harman International, Franklin Precision Industries, Franklin Bank and Trust, Simpson County Water District, U.S. Bank

Warren County: BB&T Bowling Green - Fairview, BB&T Bowling Green - Fountain Square, BB&T Bowling Green - Kroger ByPass , BB&T Bowling Green - Kroger Campbell Lane, BB&T Bowling Green - Kroger Scottsville Rd , BB&T Bowling Green - Lost River, BB&T Bowling Green - Main Scottsville Rd, BB&T Bowling Green - Russellville Rd, Best Business Systems, Bell Orr Ayres & Moore, BGMU, BKD LLP, Bowling Green Board of Education, Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green Junior High, Bowling Green Metalforming, Bowling Green Police Department, CGS Machine & Tool, Chandler Park Assisted Living, Citizens First Bank - Campbell Lane, Citizens First Bank - Industrial Drive, Citizens First Bank - Lehman Avenue, Citizens First Bank - Scottsville Road, City of Bowling Green, Connected Nation, Crocker Animal Hospital, Dillard's, ELPO, Franklin Bank & Trust, Fruit of the Loom, Gerald Printing, Graves Gilbert Clinic, Greenview Regional Hospital, Hills Pet Nutrition Inc, Hitcents, Hope Harbor, Hospice of Southern Kentucky, SKYCTC, LORD Corporation,  McCloud Claims Service, National Corvette Museum, Oakland Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Red Cross Elementary, Richpond First Baptist Church, ShopHQ, South Central Bank - Campbell Lane, South Central Bank - Greenwood Office, South Central Bank - Lehman Avenue, South Central Bank - Louisville Road, South Central Bank - Nashville Road, South Central Bank - University ByPass, Starbucks - Scottsville Road, Southern Kentucky Claims Association, T.C.  Cherry Elementary, Trace Die Cast, TVA, U.S. Bank Campbell Lane, U.S. Bank Cave Mill, U.S. Bank Louisville Road, U.S. Bank Main Branch, U.S. Bank Scottsville Road, UAW - General Motors Corvette Assembly, Warren County Attorney's Office, Warren County DCBS, Warren County Schools Central Office, Warren County Water District, WKU - Perishing Rifles, WKU Athletics, WKU Campus and Community Events, WKU Campus Child Care Center, WKU Preston Center, WKU Small Business Accelerator, WRECC.

"Feed the Need" is one of the largest volunteer events that United Way of Southern Kentucky organizes each year. This year, more than 500 total volunteers helped Feed the Need by coordinating internal company and organization food drives, collecting donations at local grocery stores, and at local donation drop off points.

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, Community Relief Fund, 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.

A highlight from this year's event came with Fruit of the Loom employees donating more than what was collected in total from all companies and store collections in Warren County in 2013 with a generous donation of more than 34,000 items.

Click here to see pictures from United Way's 2014 "Feed the Need" Food Drive.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the United Way office for more information at 270-843-3205 or log onto the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.