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Bill Straub: ‘Tis the season; since lots of kids are hungry, can we figure out how to feed them?

‘Tis the season, as they say, and Kentuckians caught up in the spirit are ready to spread the sort of comfort and joy one might expect as Christmas draws near. Well, most of them anyway. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, a sterling advocate of the “I’ve got mine I don’t care about yours’’ philosophy of Ayn Rand, is at it again. In a state where 20 percent of the children...

UK to offer certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies to undergraduate students

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students can now receive a certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies. The undergraduate certificate is offered by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and is open to any undergraduate UK student, regardless of major. “Students completing the certificate will have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide thoughtful...

Ryan Quarels: Too many Kentuckians going hungry — consider what you can to do change that

The holiday season is well under way. Many of you enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving feast with your loved ones and will do so again during Christmas and New Year’s Day. But for others, the holidays aren’t so merry. More than 700,000 Kentuckians don’t always know where their next meal will come from, according to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, a Berea-based organization whose member food...

Project grants available to help lower instances of hunger for rural children

The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky is accepting grant applications to help lower instances of childhood hunger in some of the nation’s most persistently poor areas.   About 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups within rural America.   The center will award...