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WKU Office of Sustainability receives $30,000 grant from Jessie Ball duPont Fund to fight food insecurity

The Western Kentucky University Office of Sustainability received a grant of $30,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support the community food pantry and garden to assist members of the WKU community facing food insecurity. The Office of Sustainability has hosted a food pantry since 2011, providing food and toiletries to WKU students, faculty and staff. In response to increasing food insecurities...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road donates $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road will donate more than $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank, as part of the Council’s ‘Operation Sweet Treat’ program, whereby Girl Scout customers purchase cookies and then donate them to important causes locally. God’s Pantry Food Bank is Kentucky’s largest food bank, and offers critical assistance to those struggling with food...

More older adults in Kentucky are struggling with food insecurity as coronavirus pandemic drags on

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among older adults, and that’s likely to worsen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the group Feeding America. Using the most recent available data from 2018, researchers found that nearly 7% of Kentuckians over 60 and around 17% of adults age 50 to 59 were food...

USDA grants waiver to allow schools to serve students off-site meals; will address food insecurity

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) received notification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has received approval to extend alternate meal service flexibility to students in the case of extended closures due to COVID-19. The waiver allows Kentucky’s schools to continue to serve students’ meals following the guidelines of the Summer Food Service Program and National School...

Anthem commits $190,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank to help alleviate hunger in Central, Eastern Ky.

God’s Pantry Food Bank and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that Anthem is donating $190,000 to the Food Bank to help it provide healthy food to many of the 250,000 individuals who are hungry in Central and Eastern Kentucky and who do not have consistent access to nutritious food. The financial support will make it possible for the Food Bank to broaden the mix of food it provides individuals...

Research finds parent’s mental health matters when it comes to childhood obesity, especially in rural areas

As more of the nation’s children become overweight or obese, especially in rural areas, researchers are beginning to look beyond some of the known causes, like inactivity and a poor diet, to other contributors, like the mental health of their parents. One such study, using data from 14,733 children between the ages of 10 and 17 in the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, found that...

Dustin Pugel: Be thankful for SNAP’s role in the state, as food brings us together this Thanksgiving

Food brings us together and creates the conditions to be healthy and happy. As we give thanks this season, let’s ensure all Kentuckians can put food on the table with the help of one of the best hunger-fighting, poverty-reducing, health-improving tools we have. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, plays a critical role in improving the health...

UK personnel working to implement environmental changes, help lower obesity rates in Martin County

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky personnel are working to implement environmental changes to help lower the obesity rates of residents in the state’s most obese county. Faculty and staff with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are collaborating with many community leaders in Martin County to improve the county’s built environment infrastructure, increase...

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...

Meet and greet with 2018 Hunger Innovation Fellow Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman set for Jan. 18

The Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville will host a Breakfast Meet & Greet event on Thursday, Jan. 18, to introduce Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman as their 2018 Hunger Innovation Fellow. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Manhattan on Broadway, 716 E. Broadway, in Louisville from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. “In Louisville, Kentucky, there...

Ky Agriculture Commissioner Quarles convenes Hunger Task Force to address food insecurity

The Kentucky Hunger Task Force reviewed the findings of the 10 regional meetings held earlier this year and mapped out an action plan for the next three months at a recent meeting in Frankfort. “The regional meetings produced useful information from the people combating hunger on the ground in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The next step for the task force is to use this...