Veterans United Home Loans-Fort Knox recently announced a $10,700 donation to support the Hardin County Schools senior meal program.

“Our team wanted to show our support of the community during this difficult time,” said Marty Gaddie, branch manager at Veterans United Home Loans, in a news release. “We’re excited about it, and hope it enhances the lives of seniors in the area.”

Gaddie said Veterans United Foundation is providing $1 million through Veterans United Home Loans branches throughout the U.S. to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foun­da­tion is paid for through a 1 percent payroll deduction made by 90 percent of the company’s 3,500-plus employees. Gaddie said the local team chose to support the senior meal program.

“This generous donation will provide more than 3,500 meals to local seniors,” said John Wright, Hardin County Schools director of community relations, in the release. “We appreciate the tremendous support.”

In collaboration with Give 270, Hardin County Schools is raising money to help the elderly in Hardin County dealing with food insecurity. To date, the release said the community has contributed nearly $18,000 to support the program.

“We don’t know how long this will last, but we will be good stewards of the funds we receive,” Wright said. “Any extra donations will be sent to Feeding America, which helps provide food to students through the backpack program.”

To support the senior meal program, donors can go to give270.org and make a tax-deductible contribution.

“We’re blessed that whenever we’re faced with hard times, our community rises to the challenge,” Gaddie said. “This program is a service to our seniors, and we appreciate everything Hardin County Schools and Give 270 are doing.”

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