History Of Owsley County Outreach
- Born and raised in Owsley County, O.C.O.C Director Cleda Turner returned to her roots after working in the Lexington school system for 17 years.
- Startled by the overwhelming population (Children) of food-deprived residents, she started the Backpack Program in 2005.
- In January 2007, the Owsley County Outreach Corporation received its 501(C)3 designation. The program has since grown by 430 percent.
Owsley County Population Statistics
- 30.23% achieve less than a 9th grade education
- 18.43% have only 9-12 grade education
- 31% have only a high school diploma
- 9.43% have some college but did not get degree
- In total, 52% have less than a high school education
- Nearly one third (31%) [per the Annie EKU Foundation] of mothers in Owsley County do not have a high school diploma
- The 2000 U.S. Census indicates that of 160 grandparents living in Owsley County, 140 are considered responsible for the children that live with them
- The 832 public school students of Owsley County rank in the lowest 10% of students tested in the state of Kentucky
We will help in times of need, whether it’s for food , clothing, or other short-term needs, while preserving Dignity and Pride.