Area development districts raise 250,000 lbs of food during ‘Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl’

Kentucky’s area development districts helped raised the equivalent of more than 250,000 pounds of food as part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday. Big Sandy Area Development District is the winner of the overall award having raised nearly 1/3 of a pound of food per person in their district. The rural district winner is the Purchase...

Study finds Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding insufficient for a healthy diet

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, only covers 43 to 60 percent of the cost of the federal nutrition guidelines, according to a study by researchers who say policymakers should consider that as they propose deep cuts to the program. “Even though SNAP is not designed to cover all of the cost of food – it’s meant...

Food pantries in five Eastern Kentucky counties receive donated freezers as part of hunger initiative

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles brought a little hope to Eastern Kentucky’s less fortunate on this week when he helped deliver freezers donated by Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank to food pantries in five counties. “Thanks to the generosity of these agricultural lenders, food pantries throughout the Commonwealth will be able to accept donations of meats and other frozen foods,”...

Two agricultural lenders donate chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across Kentucky

In every Kentucky community, urban and rural, there’s a food insecurity problem. One in six Kentuckians is not always sure where their next meal is coming from. For children, the number is one in five. To help solve this challenge, agricultural lenders Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank are providing chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across the state. The freezers will enable increased...

Quarles leads Lexington region meeting of the Kentucky Hunger Task Force

The Kentucky Hunger Task Force met with advocates for the hungry at God’s Pantry Food Bank to learn what is being done at the local level to combat food insecurity in the Lexington area in the third of 10 regional meetings last week. “These regional meetings will give the task force a clearer picture of the need as well as actions being taken locally to meet the need,” Agriculture Commissioner...

When Seconds Count: ‘Ugly’ produce finds a home through Farm to Food Banks program

  ‘Pretty’ produce – largely without imperfections – is easier for a farmer to sell than the ‘ugly’ variety, called seconds. The Farm to Food Banks program, however, pays just under wholesale for these seconds and distributes them to food banks across Kentucky. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   As the state’s...

When Seconds Count: 'Ugly' produce finds a home through Farm to Food Banks program

  ‘Pretty’ produce – largely without imperfections – is easier for a farmer to sell than the ‘ugly’ variety, called seconds. The Farm to Food Banks program, however, pays just under wholesale for these seconds and distributes them to food banks across Kentucky. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   As the state’s...

Funding boost will enable more Kentucky children to receive free summer meals

  A $40,000 increase in funding will enable the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to increase the number of low-income children receiving summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program, officials announced today.   Gov. Steve Beshear’s office will use $20,000 from the State Planning Fund to match a $20,000 private grant from Share Our Strength, a national organization working...

Funds will go toward ‘eliminating barriers’ that contribute to child hunger in Kentucky

(Graphic from Hunger in Kentucky 2014)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Kentucky is one of just a few states that will be on the receiving end of $27 million worth of U.S. Department of Agriculture grants designated to help combat child hunger.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement about the new initiative during a speech at the 2015 National Anti-Hunger...

Commentary: You can help state's hungry and farmers during Farms to Food Banks Month

By James Comer Special to KyForward   When you donate a part of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, you’re helping Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances – some of them your friends and neighbors – gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods.   You’re also helping Kentucky farmers make a living. It’s good for economic development, and it’s consistent...

Kentuckians can now donate to the Farms
to Food Banks program through tax refunds

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   When the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation several years ago to help farmers get their surplus produce – or “seconds” – to food banks, the legislation did not provide funding. Still, thanks to grants and donations, the Farm to Food Banks initiative has functioned, helping provide more food for the hungry and finding...

New report: 875,000 Kentuckians will see cuts to their food assistance benefits this fall

Some 875,000 people in Kentucky will see a cut in their food assistance benefits this fall, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and detailed in a report from the Washington, D.C.,-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.   (Photo...

Kentucky hunger problem not getting better as debate continues over assistance program

  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While debate goes on in Washington over proposed spending cuts to the nation’s largest food assistance program, legislators in Kentucky recently heard of how great the food insecurity issue is closer to home.   Tamara Sandberg with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture that funding is needed...