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Governor Beshear, First Lady Launch Statewide Food Drive; ‘Make A Difference Day’ will help families in communities across the Commonwealth

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2009) – Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear have announced a statewide food drive that is part of a massive national day of helping others.

Gov. and Mrs. Beshear launched the Make A Difference Day food collection effort in conjunction with the launch of the new AmeriCorps service year for program members serving through the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS). KCCVS is part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

“The name of this effort really says it all,” Gov. Beshear said. “The Make A Difference Day food drive will help so many Kentuckians through the hardest and coldest part of this winter. Participating groups are helping food banks and families right in their own communities.”

KCCVS and AmeriCorps traditionally sponsor a food drive competition between AmeriCorps programs across the state and among statewide offices of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services offices to feed hungry Kentuckians.

This year, the food drive has expanded to include other state agencies, and Gov. and Mrs. Beshear encouraged a good-natured rivalry among cabinets.

“This is one competition where everyone will win,” Gov. Beshear said. “If every state employee in the executive branch brought one can of food, we would be able to reach thousands of families and help fight hunger statewide.” 

CHFS Secretary Janie Miller said the Make A Difference Day drive doesn’t just call attention to the problem of hunger – it helps to remedy it.

“Emergency food assistance plays a huge role in the lives of hundreds of families the Cabinet for Health and Family Services serves, among others,” she said. “State employees are a generous group, and with Gov. Beshear’s support, we can collect even more to go toward helping our friends and neighbors through a tough economic time.”

Food collected in each office will be delivered to local food banks.

The general public is welcome to drop off items at local state transportation garages and at state parks.

Last year, the state effort collected and distributed 71 tons of food to local food pantries and emergency feeding centers. That’s enough food to feed 283,880 Kentuckians.

Created by USA Weekend magazine, Make A Difference Day is in its 19th year and is recognized as the nation’s largest day of doing good for others. Everyone is invited to participate under the ideal of “neighbors helping neighbors.” The annual event is observed the fourth Saturday of October – this year’s date is Oct. 24.

For more information about Make A Difference Day in Kentucky, check out Log on to to learn more about the national effort.

For information about joining the state food drive through your group, call KCCVS at (800) 239-7404.

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Last Updated 10/13/2009