RMHA anti- poverty drive

The RMHA will be a collecting: food, toys, and coats from now till December 20th for families in need throughout Appalachia. Donations may be shipped to or dropped off at the RMHA office located at 71 South Main St Winchester, KY 40391. Items needed are nonperishable food items, non-broken toys, and clean coats in good shape.

The #1 way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. New coats help children get to school more often on cold and rainy days.

Did You Know?
•       Each week, 53,400 Kentuckians receive food from a food bank.
•       Kentucky food banks feed 611,100 people every year. That’s 1 in 7 Kentuckians.
•       48% of all food bank food recipients are either children or elderly.
•       74% of KY food bank clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities
•       68% of KY food bank clients had to choose between paying for food or paying for transportation
•       74% of KY food bank clients chose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
•       90% of KY food bank clients have bought the cheapest food available, regardless of health
•       63% of KY food bank clients have eaten expired food to get enough to eat
•       34% of KY food bank clients have watered down food or drinks to make them last longer

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) reports on Appalachian statistics such as poverty, income, and employment. Per their 2010-2014 Poverty Rate report, poverty rates across the US was 15.6% compared to 19.7% in the combined Appalachian regions of Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The state with the worst poverty rate in the region is Kentucky with a 25.4% rate in the Appalachian portion versus 18.9% rate for the rest of the state. 

All children deserve a good Christmas.

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