Mary Janet Bryant travels to Washington DC to Raise Awareness for Nutrition Programs

Mary Janet Bryant, a Warren County Head Start teacher for Community Action of Southern Kentucky recently traveled to Washington DC to tell her story and advocate for others. Mary Janet was chosen by a project entitled “Community Voices; Why Nutrition Assistance Matters”, which is a collaboration of Center for American Progress, Witnesses to Hunger, Food Research & Action Center, Feeding America, Coalition on Human Needs and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  These partners searched for people nationwide and collected stories of those who had received nutrition assistance.  These partners then chose several people to travel to Washington DC to talk with Congress about what effect these programs have. Mary Janet Bryant was one of these few people chosen to talk to members of Congress about her personal story and experience with nutrition assistance. 

Ms. Bryant said, “What an amazing opportunity to be selected as an advocate for nutrition programs.

With Congress due to reauthorize the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children or the WIC Reauthorization Act – we all have an opportunity to build upon previous success and further improve educational achievement, economic security, nutrition, and health for millions of children each day.”

Mary Janet’s “Day of Action” took place on October 8, 2015 in Washington DC.  She spoke with State Representative Brett Guthrie and staffers in Senator Rand Paul’s and Senator Mitch McConnell’s offices. Mary Janet then testified before a Congressional House briefing attended by Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator McGovern.

Mary also noted, “In the meeting I had with Secretary of Agriculture Vilsap, Head of the USDA, he promised to speak directly to President Obama on our behalf asking not to cut funding for programs such as SNAP, WIC, Head Start nutrition programs, Summer Food Service Programs, etc. You can read my story along with lots of other heart felt stories in the Community Voices Booklet, located at”

“We are so proud that Mary Janet was chosen to represent the many families impacted by nutrition assistance. Her story is only one example of how programs like this can help families achieve stability and economic security,” said Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director of Community Action of Southern Kentucky.


CA Offers Public Access to Computers & Broadband 

Community Action of Southern Kentucky provides public access to computers connected to broadband internet at five locations in the Barren River area.  

The Broadband Outreach Program is the result of a partnership between Community Action Kentucky, Commonwealth Office of Technology, Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development and Broadband Kentucky to ensure more Kentuckians have access to a computer and internet. Community Action Kentucky placed computers at Community Action offices throughout the state with seven being placed at Community Action of Southern Kentucky sites in Butler, Hart, Metcalfe and Warren Counties. Community Action of Southern Kentucky also has computers available for public access at our Allen County location.



Take the Community Needs Assessment Survey!

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Community Action Refocuses Mission

The Board and staff of Community Action of Southern Kentucky (CASOKY) are excited to reveal their new mission. ‘We team with community partners to provide human services with dignity and respect, empowering people in Southern Kentucky to achieve stability and economic security.’

Community Action agencies have 50 years of experience in making America a better place to live and were brought about by the Economic Opportunity Act in 1964. CASOKY, like other Community Action agencies, is constantly adapting to the needs of the communities served. A major funding source, which designates Community Action agencies, is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).  In the next year, Community Action Agencies will have 58 CSBG Standards that will need to be upheld.  One of those is to ensure our Board of Directors has approved that the mission of the agency addresses poverty and contains four components (services, relationships, outcomes, and population).

“We used customer and staff feedback to develop our new mission statement with our leadership team and Board. We are very excited to have a renewed mission and focus. I love our new mission.  It says exactly what we do and all staff and Board members will be able to better speak to how we are changing people and changing lives in our communities,” said Melissa J. Weaver, CEO/Executive Director of CASOKY.

Along with the mission statement, the CASOKY leadership team developed a vision, elevator speech, beliefs, values and guiding principles.

CASOKY has defined their vision as the National Community Action Promise:

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

The mission, promise and other items can be found on under the About Us section.

“We have a heart for the people in our communities. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be safe, clothed, fed, warm, educated, healthy and most of all have hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to help people achieve these things and have access to all resources.  This is exactly what we want everyone to know about us.  It is our goal to foster great relationships with our customers, staff and our community partners,” stated Weaver.

CASOKY will be having an open house in the fall at their headquarters to celebrate 50 years of service. They would like to invite the entire community to join them in celebrating this milestone and to help paint the new mission on the wall of their central office.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Community Action of Southern Kentucky.  I want any family or individual to walk through our doors and feel welcome and know that we will strive to get them connected to the resources and help them build the skills they need to achieve stability, economic security and reach their full potential. We want to help eliminate poverty as a team, one family or person at a time,” said Weaver.

To learn more about CASOKY and all of the programs and services click on services. If you would like to volunteer or donate, click on “take action”.