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Ag Commissioner Quarles announces grants to 25 Kentucky food pantries as part of Hunger Initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced 25 Kentucky food pantries will have additional cold storage space, thanks to grants from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

Ag Commissioner Quarles celebrates grant awards to Kentucky food pantries.

“We launched the Hunger Initiative nearly three years ago to look for solutions to food insecurity in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This is the sort of solution we were looking for – finding resources to help our less fortunate friends and neighbors get the nutritious foods they need. Many thanks to our KDA staff and our friends at Feeding Kentucky, Dare to Care and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for making this happen.”

“Kentucky’s agriculture community has been a strong partner in the fight against hunger thanks to Commissioner Quarles’ leadership,” said Brian Riendeau, executive director of Dare to Care. “The equipment provided by USDA and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will help increase the amount of fresh Kentucky-grown produce, protein, and eggs distributed to our neighbors at risk of hunger. Dare to Care Food Bank and the other members of Feeding Kentucky are grateful.”

The KDA issued a $9,793 grant to Feeding Kentucky to place 16 coolers and nine freezers in 25 food pantries across the Commonwealth. The freezers and coolers will enable the food pantries to store more fresh Kentucky-grown produce donated from Kentucky farmers through the Farms to Food Banks program as well as meat, eggs, and other frozen and cold-storage products.

The Hunger Initiative is a first-of-its-kind effort in Kentucky to bring together farmers, charitable organizations, faith groups, community leaders, and government to look for ways to reduce hunger in Kentucky. To find out more about the Hunger Initiative, go to kyagr.com/hunger.

Download the list of food pantries.

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