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As COVID-19 pandemic drags on, an alarming rise in hunger found among older Kentucky adults

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The state’s food banks say they’re seeing an alarming number of adults approaching retirement age who need help putting food on the table because of lost wages or employment due to COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, Kentucky had the highest rate of food-insecure older adults in the nation, but advocates said more newcomers, many who have never had...

Community Farm Alliance encourages investment in food security through redirecting police budgets

The Community Farm Alliance has issued the following statement: Community Farm Alliance (CFA) is advocating for local communities to redirect funds from police department budgets toward food security efforts and other preventative programs that make our communities more safe. We join those across Kentucky that are demanding these changes because CFA knows firsthand how programs facilitating increased...

KDA relaxing guidelines to allow more Kentuckians to receive food from food banks

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is temporarily relaxing income requirements through April 30 to allow more Kentuckians to receive food from food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is an extremely tough time for many Kentuckians who have lost their jobs or had their income slashed because of the coronavirus pandemic,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “Our...

Regional food banks put spotlight on Ky’s prevalent food insecurity during Hunger Action Month

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service This September, food banks in Kentucky and across the country are taking part in Hunger Action Month, to highlight the fact that 40 million Americans are food insecure. Kentucky has the seventh-highest rate in the nation of people struggling to put meals on the table. Glenn Roberts is the executive director of Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville, Indiana. One out...

Study shows children in Central, Eastern Kentucky more likely to face hunger than overall population

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level. Map the Meal Gap 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

A ton of beef (yes, 2000 pounds) headed to food banks from Beef Council, Cattlemen’s Association

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Where’s the beef?  Well, a ton of it – that’s right, 2,000 pounds – is heading to Kentucky food banks, thanks to a donation from the Kentucky Beef Council and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.   The announcement was made during a press conference on the Capitol grounds this week where Gov. Matt Bevin signed a proclamation designating May as Beef Month in...

Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl challenges local governments to donate food, funds for the hungry

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Michael Halligan and the state’s regional Area Development Districts will launch the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl at God’s Pantry Food Bank, Monday Sept. 25. This statewide competition challenges Kentucky’s local and county government offices to donate food and funds to aid Kentucky families suffering from hunger. “One...

Food banks in five counties conducting outreach programs for veterans

Food banks in five Kentucky counties are conducting outreach programs and targeting services to veterans. Anderson, Clay, Hardin, Madison, and Shelby counties are all home to food banks that received grant funds through Reaching Rural Veterans, the University of Kentucky and Purdue University program funded by the Veterans Affairs Administration and administered by the Military Family Research Institute...

Number of Kentuckians struggling to put food on the table is ‘shockingly high,’ report shows

By Tim Thornberry KyForward contributor   To say a lot of people are hungry in Kentucky may be an understatement and a bit of a surprise, but a recent report on hunger shows one of five people here, over 20 percent, report not having enough money to buy food within the last 12 months.   (Photo from FRAC) The “Food Hardship in America 2012” report was released by the Food Research and...