Carmel Powell, chairman of the alliance's board of directors, said United Way provided some funding in 2003, but "we can't be certain they (United Way) will be able to contribute at the same level in the future."
To make up for this shortfall, Powell said the alliance needs "a guaranteed source of funding so proper planning and staffing can be done without fear of sudden, unexpected income shortfalls."
He said the current year salary estimates are $15,000, extra food and personal care purchases total $6,000, and other operating expenses are $4,000.
The non-profit alliance's major program is the food pantry at 104 West Main, Powell said, and "we're serving an average of 670 families each month."
Other programs include personalized interviews with every family and the referral services provided. Two part-time employees have been hired to manage overall operations and direct and assist the nearly 50 volunteers.
Powell said the annual fund-raising drive will "ensure the continued growth of the current program and other programs, such as a donated vehicle program and help for individuals in getting low cost prescription drugs."
Powell said the letter is urging county residents to consider donations of $100, $500 or $1,000 a year to the alliance. He said the donations are tax deductible and may be paid in one payment or in several installments.
Powell said anyone interested in donations could contact the alliance office at 270-259-4000 and leave an address for sending a donation form.