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Kentucky program pays farmers to work with local food banks to provide those in need local produce

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Many Kentucky farmers are participating in a statewide program that channels produce to local food banks. The program – one of the first of its kind in the country – pays farmers to harvest, pack and transport produce from the field to families in need. In 2018, more than 3 million pounds of fresh produce were distributed to Kentuckians in need through the...

More children in Kentucky getting breakfast, lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More children in Kentucky are getting their breakfast and lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state has expanded the sites where children can get free summer meals beyond schools – to libraries, YMCAs, churches and parks – to nearly 2,000 locations. That’s...

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...

Kentucky business, government leaders serve up $46K in February ‘Serving Up Solutions’ benefit dinner

The second annual Serving Up Solutions dinner in February raised $46,235 in ticket sales and sponsorships, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced. The dinner benefited Feeding Kentucky (formerly the Kentucky Association of Food Banks), Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry, and GleanKY. Proceeds amounted to more than double those of the inaugural dinner in 2018. “Once again, we are overwhelmed...

Fleming County school staff going extra mile to feed kids through Kentucky School Breakfast Challenge

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service School staffers in the Commonwealth are being recognized for their creative efforts to feed more kids a nutritious breakfast each school day. Lashonda Cooper, a cafeteria manager at Simons Middle School in Fleming County, received a “Rising Star Award” in the Kentucky School Breakfast Challenge, a statewide contest run by Feeding Kentucky and the Dairy...

State legislators rally Kentuckians to help fight hunger as part of ‘Hunger Free Kentucky Day’

Suzanne Potter Public News Service Today is the sixth annual “Hunger Free Kentucky Day,” when state leaders rally the public to fight hunger. Research says one in six people and one in five kids in the Bluegrass State are considered food insecure – that means about 700,000 Kentuckians, including 200,000 children, don’t consistently have enough food for a healthy lifestyle. Tamara...