Hunger action month benefits local shelter

Hunger is a problem that affects many of us.  Thirty-five million Americans feel the physical effects of hunger each day.

According to Angie Hatton with WoodmenLife, one in six Americans is food insecure.

"It affects more than just your stomach… It also affects your life," said Hatton.

WoodmenLife in Benton is raising money online for the Merryman House, an emergency shelter for abused women and children in Paducah.

Through donations, Hatton said they can help support those in our communities that need it the most, one meal at a time.

"Hunger is something that affects everyone, there will be people in your community that don’t get enough to eat," said Hatton.

The Merryman House shelters anywhere from 24 to 30 people, both women and children.

Hannah Akpabio has dealt with abuse and hunger first-hand.  She says the problems started when she got married and as result she lost two children due to the abuse.

"I want everybody to know and learn from my experience what abuse really is, I encountered it and it was really terrible," said Akpabio.

Akpabio said if it were not for the Merryman House, her life would be a lot different.  She said she is thankful for the community’s donations to help people like her living in similar situations.

"Now I feel safe being here, I don’t worry about anybody abusing me or hurting me or putting me down anymore, my daughter is very happy," said Akpabio.

Executive director Mary Foley said this additional help is much-needed.

"To be apart of this means a lot because it lets us continue to do what we do, lessens the load, and raises awareness for people who haven’t heard about us," said Foley.

Here is how you can help.  You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Merryman House on the Red Basket’s website.

One hundred percent of your donation goes to help the shelter.

WoodmenLife is one of the nation’s leading fraternal benefit societies helping families live better lives. For more information about WoodmenLife, click here.

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