Retired educators fight hunger

Special to the Daily News

October 15, 2013

Working together to fight hunger in Middlesboro is one way the Middlesboro Retired Teachers Association’s is making a difference in their hometown.

Retired educators across the state are teaming up to help those struggling to put food on the table.

The MRTA launched its second year of local efforts supporting the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and AARP Kentucky efforts to alleviate hunger locally.

The effort is part of the national “Drive To End Hunger Campaign” with four time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, AARP and AARP Foundation to fight the problem of senior hunger in America.

The MRTA is working to reduce the risk of hunger for a second year by mobilizing volunteers, collecting donations and helping process collected food items. MRTA volunteers’ collected food items for the local CCM.

In Kentucky, hunger threatens 13.4 percent of its citizens and of those 5.40 percent of seniors at risk.

Over, the state ranks 20th nationally for at risk seniors.

Building on the success of their 2011 food drives, KRTA units across the state are again taking action to help change this with the “Yes, We Can Feed Kentucky” food drives in 2012.

“We know hunger is not part of the American dream, we know there are Kentuckians going to be hungry and we’re going to do something about it. We’re inviting other local groups to join with us and help end hunger right here in Middlesboro” says Mary Susan Hale, vice president of MRTA.

“It’s important to take action locally and meet local needs in Middlesboro and know working together we can make a difference,” she said. “We are amazed at the community spirit and its response. I think it’s a testament to the commitment of our volunteers and the willingness of the entire community to get involved.”

Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus founded the National Retired Teachers Association in 1941 and 10 years later, founded AARP wit a vision of service to others.

Year two of “Yes We Can Feed Kentucky” continues that mission of service and the spirit of service to give back.

Learn more and find ways to help www.drivetoendhunger.org and www.feedingamericaky.org. More on Kentucky Retired Teachers Association available at www.krta.org