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COVID relief is on the way. But as hunger persists, is it too little too late for some Kentuckians?

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource He asked her if she was cold. Wind whips around the park in western Kentucky a couple of days before Christmas. He puts his arm around her as they move closer together on the bench. Blake Livesay, 27, met Laura Brooke, 31, online earlier in 2020, and they’ve been inseparable since. She liked his way with words, “like a walking, talking Hallmark card.” He...

Quarles encourages Kentuckians to keep state’s hungry in mind during season of giving

In this season of giving, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles encourages Kentuckians to remember Kentucky food banks and their partners. “In Kentucky, there are nearly 700,000 Kentuckians, including nearly 200,000 children, who struggle with hunger,” Quarles said. “That means one in seven adults and one in five children in Kentucky lack access to enough food for a healthy, active...

WKU Food Recovery Network redirects 5,000 pounds of surplus food to address hunger in community

Since the spring of 2019, students in Western Kentucky University’s Food Recovery Network have kept more than 5,000 pounds of surplus food from landfills and directed it to those who need it. The effort began when WKU senior Elaine Losekamp of Bowling Green attended an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference and brought back a plan to establish WKU’s first...

God’s Pantry Food Bank introduces ‘More Than Just a Meal’ to continue fight against hunger

Taste of the Bluegrass would be nothing without the fabulous food and beverage makers that provide their sweet and savory offerings year after year. They have made Lexington’s longest-running tasting event possible for 40 years. While COVID-19 caused the plans to change this year, there is still a way to impact the God’s Pantry Food Bank mission of fighting hunger while also supporting the business...

Peoples Exchange Bank makes $50,000 donation to God’s Pantry Food Bank to help fight hunger

Peoples Exchange Bank has announced a $50,000 donation to God’s Pantry Food Bank. Bank Board of Directors authorized the donation in response to the increased need for food assistance brought on by COVID-19. The donation will provide financial support in the fight against hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky as the Food Bank adapts to changes within volunteers groups and an increased demand for...

Georgetown College football player using his feet to raise money, combat racial discrimination and hunger

Time and a passion can be a beautiful combination. Georgetown College football player Branden Leff is discovering this. The junior wingback has tallied most of his yards for the Tigers on out routes for five catches and 60 yards. In July he wants to go the distance – hopefully 13.1 miles or more. Leff started a GoFundMe – Run for a Change – and will run a mile for every 80 dollars donated to...

Study reveals 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 2020, 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 2020 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

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...

God’s Pantry Food Bank asking for community support to help those in need this holiday season

As the cold weather approaches and low-income households are disproportionately affected by winter weather woes, God’s Pantry Food Bank is concerned about reaching everyone at risk of hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. God’s Pantry is doing more than ever before, but there are still unmet needs and the organization is asking the community for help in meeting those needs this holiday season....

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...