No one should go hungry in our community. While many face what is known as "food insecurity" all year, even more families are finding themselves in need of help during the current crisis.
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Thanks to a Northern Kentucky church program, children and their families in our area have a new resource to help.
The Covington/Northern Kentucky United Methodist Church provides food to families in need through its UMC Food Ministry. Reverend Dr. Larry Karow, CEO of the program, has been providing food throughout the region to help support those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Starting Thursday, May 28, the organization will set up in the parking lot across from Highlands High School from 3 to 5 p.m. Students in and near Fort Thomas will be able to pick up seven days worth of food in one visit. They will be provided with boxes containing enough food to feed a child breakfast and lunch for a week.
According to Reverend Karow, the boxes contain kid friendly meals. Most are shelf stable, but others can be popped into the microwave. Also included are two half gallons of milk (one white, one chocolate).
For this program, families do not need to prove they are on a free or reduced meal program at school, nor do they have to live in the city of Fort Thomas. Guardians can pick up the meals for the children, who do not have to be present.
The church will return on subsequent Thursdays throughout June. For more information, see the UMC Food Ministry website.
The UMC Food Ministry was started six years ago as an effort to combat hunger in the community. The program has expanded and now has eight commercial kitchens, more than 200 food distribution sites and serves more than 1.6 million meals annually. The program partners with the YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, the USDA and other community organizations.