Community need is growing, turnout is shrinking
FULTON, Ky. - Debbie Jackson organizes the free monthly meals at First Christian Church in Fulton, Kentucky. She said she heard the news that unemployment numbers are down for her county, but she doesn't think the need is shrinking at all.
"Oh it's just getting worse every day, she said. "It's really sad."
She and the rest of the small congregation have been serving their meals for four years now and the numbers have only gone up.
"We have some you can just tell are really down on their luck," she said. But she's thankful they come. She says because they're willing to swallow their pride, she tries to serve a little extra hope with her hot meals.
As a result, Jackson started serving meals to-go. "We got some ridicule at the first for doing that, but hey, food is food."
There are some perks to sitting down for the meal, like fresh baked desserts, but Jackson said no one is pressured either way.