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Hopkins, Union Co. added to initiative targeting poverty stricken communities

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HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

Some counties in Kentucky have been added to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's StrikeForce Initiative. It targets some of most poverty stricken communities in America. 

The third Saturday of every month, Breaking Bread provides hot meals for anyone in Hopkins County and the number of people they help keeps increasing.

"We have seen a huge increase from the first day we've started. The first month that we done it we have a little over 80 people that showed up. Now were averaging between 250 and 275," says Kevin Cotton with Breaking Bread.

That's why volunteers were not surprised to hear that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has named six counties in western Kentucky, including Hopkins and Union, as some of the poorest in the state.  

"When you see those individuals that haven't ate in days, they stand out," Cotton says.

"There's a lot of people out there that's in need. So I mean these people in increase every month," says Kim Gipson, also with the organization.

Recently, due to a poverty level higher than 20% over the last 30 years, Hopkins and Union Counties are now added to the list of the Department of Agriculture StrikeForce Initiative, which involves rural development, food and nutrition education, and local outreach grants.

The Hopkins County Judge Executive says he doesn't know quite yet what this will mean for Hopkins County in terms of grant money, but he's open to any and all assistance. 

 

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