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McGrath makes campaign stop in Letcher County at summer food service program

McGrath getting a tour of the facility and seeing how the process works.
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 3:35 PM EDT
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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Democrat candidate for United States Senate, Amy McGrath, makes several stops in Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday including one at the CANE Kitchen summer food service program in Letcher County.

McGrath getting a tour of the facility and seeing how the process works.

“I’m stopping here, first of all, to find out how we are all dealing with the coronavirus. This program it helps by giving out almost over 20,000 meals a day to our fellow Kentuckians in need right now,” said McGrath. “First of all, you have incredible workers who are Kentuckians. Many young Kentuckians who are helping each other out right now. They are in there cooking, making meals, putting things together. They have an incredible organization where they are all working in unison to help people coming through in the car line.”

The organization provides meal kits for each child that contains 14 meals a week.

Valerie Horn, with the organization’s community engagement, says its nice when people reach out to the communities.

“It is reassuring to know that the persons who are in positions of power and influence recognize the work that is happening, understand the work that is having, see firsthand the benefit of it,” said Horn. “We are very appreciative when people reach out to the communities because we believe that communities are the most likely the best resource for solving our problems and taking care of our needs but that does not mean we do not need support and resources.”

McGrath says to her it is important to make sure we take care of each other.

“The other thing that I learned is who is falling through the gaps are seniors because a lot of these programs cover children but they don’t cover seniors. So we have to work on that,” said McGrath.

McGrath also made stops in Harlan County to talk to retired coal miners and with educators in Letcher County.

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