Purchase Area Development District

Marcella's Kitchen

Programs providing meals to food-insecure west Kentuckians will continue to offer services as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in the commonwealth. 

Many food banks and senior citizens’ centers in the region work through the Purchase Area Development District. PADD Executive Director Jeremy Buchanan said most facilities are canceling in-person dining services in favor of drive-by or delivery methods. He said that shouldn’t stop clients from seeking out services. 

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Three communities in west Kentucky ranked among the top in the state for small business owners.

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‘Regional consent’ was on display in the Paducah Convention Center Monday as local officials and community stakeholders gathered for the Purchase Area Development District’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. 

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The Executive Director of the Purchase Area Development District says meals for senior citizens in Marshall County were delivered to homes and provided at a local community kitchen on Monday.

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The Marshall County Fiscal Court is divided over a funding cut for nonprofits in the next budget. Attempts to raise the cap were unsuccessful in a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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The mayor of Benton says the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center board has voted unanimously to close the facility. The announcement comes one day before the fiscal court was to approve a budget that significantly reduces grant funding for nonprofits, including the center.

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Nearly one in five Kentuckians and one in four children don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, said Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. 


On Sounds Good, Purchase Area Development District’s Aging Coordinator Susan Caldwell Black speaks with Tracy Ross on the importance of reviewing your Medicare options before you become eligible at the age of 65.


Black coordinates the State Health Insurance Program for the Area Agency for Aging and Independent living which helps people navigate Medicare options. Black is working to raise awareness about the need to review these options before turning 65, emphasizing prescription drug plans in particular.

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Each week more than 20,000 pounds of food gets distributed to eight counties across western Kentucky - and it’s still not enough. Purchase Area Regional Development District Commodities Director Clay Black said the need for funds, transportation and cold food storage are just a few issues in combating hunger across the Commonwealth.

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The Kentucky Career Center is offering two employment workshops to help the more than 60 people laid off from the recently closed Parkway Regional Hospital.