The recently released 2012 Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book found that one in four Kentucky children are living in poverty.
Locally, the study found more than 27 percent of Barren County children live in poverty. Sheila Hunt, coordinator for the Hiseville Elementary Family Resource Center said she’s not surprised by the numbers.
“I see it every day,” Hunt said. “Even with both parents working, it’s just hard times these days.”
With the cost of food on the rise, Hunt said the Family Resource Center services are more important now than ever.
The Family Resource Center provides food and nutrition information for low income families. Family Resource Centers are utilized in all Barren County elementary schools, Barren County Middle School, Barren County High School, South Green Elementary, Highland Elementary and Glasgow Middle School.
The Hiseville Family Resource Center offers “buddy bags” filled with healthy snacks and other foods items for needy child to have on the weekends. Hunt said she distributes 8 buddy bags weekly. She said sometimes the only guaranteed meals the kids get is while in-school.
“Some kids come to school hungry and they can’t concentrate like that,” she said.
For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Tuesday's Glasgow Daily Times.