VERSAILLES, Ky. — Three Woodford County businesses are donating money to help families in the school district whose students qualify for reduced meal prices.

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  • More Than a Bakery, Ruggles Sign and Community Trust Bank donated money to help families in Woodford County
  • The three companies donated $24,000
  • Donations will cover costs not covered by the discounted school meals program
  • Nearly 150 Woodford County students are eligible for discounted meals

More than $24,000 has been donated between three local Woodford County businesses that Dani Bradley says will go towards helping families in the school district. For many students in the area, their school lunch might be their only hot meal of the day.

“You can’t overstate the benefits of giving a child a hot meal and for some children it’s the only hot meal they get all day, and it covers both their breakfast and lunch every day they’re at school,” Bradley said.

Nearly 150 students in Woodford County qualify for discounted meals, costing families about $100 a year.

“Everyone knows inflation is on the rise and food prices are rising, and that’s hitting some of our most food insecure families the hardest,” Bradley said.

In order to qualify for discounted meals, family income must be within a specific household income based on size.

Bradley said More Than a Bakery, Ruggles Sign and Community Trust Bank have stepped up to meet the need, covering the difference in cost that federal dollars don’t cover.

“It allows our children to focus on learning, growing and thriving in our district. I can’t think of a better way to give back to your community than to feed the kids,” Bradley said.

A need, says Billie Dollins of the Community Trust Bank, was obvious.

“Community is in the name of our bank, Community Trust, and we take that very seriously. And it’s important for us to do the right thing for our communities,” Dollins said.

And with Dollins, Ruggles Sign President Tim Cambron agreed there was no hesitation in supporting the students.

“I think kids are our future, they’re our future employees and your future leaders and we just thought it would be good for us to support that and take something off the table that families need to worry about.” , said Cambron.

The $24,000 donated by the three local businesses will cover the entire year for meals for these students.

Bradley says she’s grateful to work in a community, where businesses come together for kids.

Prior to the start of the school year, the district had 122 students eligible for discounted meals and now, weeks into the year, that amount has increased by nearly 30 more students.