"Backpack Heroes" coming to Hopkins County!

Thanks to funding through the Patrick Rudd Project, the Hopkins County Family YMCA and Madisonville Police Department are creating "Backpack Heroes" to help continue combating hunger in our community.

In many ways America is the land of plenty. But for a staggering number of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth, hunger is the reality.

Over 700,000 Kentuckians, or 1 in 6, do not always know where their next meal will come from. Close to 1 in 4 of Kentucky’s children lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.

"Backpack Heroes" is a program the Y hopes will help to continue addressing hunger in Madisonville by providing food backpacks for each police department patrol cruiser.  While we know School Resource Centers and local churches do a great job of getting food to children in need, our hope is that we can reach even more families by partnering with local law enforcement and first responders.  If an MPD officer should come across a child or family in need while on patrol, they have access to food backpacks to give out.  Backpack Heroes is a pilot program partnering with the Madisonville Police Department but our hope is that we can grow the program to expand services in Hopkins County and partner with more law enforcement agencies and first responder departments.

Food donation bins will be placed at the YMCA and Madisonville Police Department.  We appreciate the community's support on this initiative and will accept any non-perishable food item to place in our food backpacks.  You can download a list of suggested items HERE.  For questions or ideas, please contact Kelly Forbes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 270 821 9622.