New grant could help in fight against child hunger

BOONEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - One registered dietician says hunger can hurt a child's growth, ability to learn, and how they interact with others. Now, the Owsley County Outreach has received a boost in the fight against child hunger.

Cleda Turner, the CEO and Director of the Owsley County Outreach, says she saw a problem in Owsley County that had to be dealt with.

"They'd eat lunch on Friday at school at noon and then they would not eat again until Monday morning," said Turner.

She saw children going hungry when they were not in school. In 2005, she and a few others started the Owsley County Outreach to try to solve that problem. In April, they got to compete for a $20,000 grant from Walmart and ConAgra's "Fighting Hunger Together" Campaign because of a nomination by God's Pantry Food Bank.

"We just wanted to see agencies who we thought would actually succeed. we knew that cleda and her staff would be willing to really work for it," said Rohan Krehbiel, the Youth Services and Nutrition Coordinator for God's Pantry Food Bank.

And they worked their way to a victory. The Owsley County Outreach was in the top two for number of Facebook votes among all nominated member agencies.

"When I got the money in my hands and put it into our accounts, you could have probably heard me in three counties," Turner said.

Now Turner says they could end up serving more children nutritious meals, and they will not have to worry about losing their funding for at least the next six months.

The God's Pantry Food Bank will receive a $45,000 grant through the "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign.

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