For all Henry County residents there are two new opportunities for assistance that you may be interested in. First, on the last Wednesday of each month the Dare to Care Mobile Food Pantry will be at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 3 to 6 p.m. The Henry County and Eminence Schools Family Resource Centers have taken the lead on this new program and are doing an excellent job with it. The mobile pantry came to Henry County for the first time last month. It served an estimated 250 people, providing them with a box of food which included meat and potatoes. Again, the Dare to Care truck will be at the fairgrounds at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27. Please do not come early as there will be no one there to assist before 3 p.m.!
The second new program which may be a huge benefit to some of you is KPAP or the Kentucky Prescription Access Program. I was not aware of it until a representative from the state spoke with me last spring, but most drug companies offer free prescriptions to individuals who meet certain income criteria. In an effort to expedite the paperwork between the individual and the drug company the state designed a computer program for counties to use. Henry County Fiscal Court voted last year to pay towards a part-time position for someone at our own Tri-County Community Action Agency to learn the software and assist Henry County residents who might qualify. The program is just getting started, but so far Tri-County volunteer Polly Troxell has been able to assist several folks helping them to obtain over $4,000 in free medicine. While this program will not help everyone, it is definitely worth checking into if you are struggling to pay for your monthly prescriptions, especially if you have no other insurance. It can help those who fall into the Medicare Part D prescription gap. The phone number at Tri-County is 845-7808.
As always you are welcome to call my office if you have any questions at 845-5707. Happy New Year and God bless.
John L. Brent
Henry County Judge-Executive