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WKU to help collect food, financial donations for those impacted by storm

Gov. Steve Beshear will join forces with WKU and Elizabethtown Food Bank America’s Second Harvest of Kentucky’s Heartland on Saturday evening to collect much needed food items for families and individuals in Western Kentucky impacted by this week’s winter storm.

Food collection areas will be located Diddle Arena entrances prior to WKU’s 7 p.m. men’s basketball game on against North Texas and will continue throughout the remainder of the game. Inside all entrances to E.A. Diddle Arena, WKU volunteers will be on hand to collect food items and financial donations to benefit those in Western Kentucky who have been impacted by the ice, snow and freezing rain. As of Friday morning, more than 547,000
Kentuckians are still without power, with more than 6,500 Kentuckians are displaced from their homes in shelters across the Commonwealth.

“During these tough economic times, families across Kentucky are struggling everyday to keep food on the table for their families,” Gov. Beshear said. “This week’s ice storm has only added to the hurdles so many Kentuckians are facing. Thanks to the efforts of outstanding community organizations like Elizabethtown Food Bank and their work with the Western Kentucky University, we hope to make this difficult time a little easier for those in the Western Kentucky area hit hard by the storms.”

“Western Kentucky University is pleased to assist in such an important statewide effort,” WKU President Gary Ransdell said. “We are engaging our students in the service of those who need assistance.”

Western Kentucky residents who are unable to make it to Saturday’s drop-off locations are encouraged to still contribute non-perishable food items to Food Bank of America’s headquarters at 313 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

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