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Ryan Quarles: Farms to Food Banks reduces hunger, helps farmers recoup losses for produce not sold

When you and your family shop for local produce at your farmers’ market or grocery store this summer, what will you look for? A recent study found that most people look for produce without any blemishes. What happens to produce with a cosmetic blemish? At the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), we work to steer that nutritious produce to hungry Kentuckians in need through a program called Farms...

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry increase amount of venison donated to state’s charitable food agencies

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) recorded another banner year in 2018 during which the organization increased the amount of venison donated to Kentucky’s charitable feeding agencies. “Kentucky’s sportsmen and women, like our farm families, are great conservationists and stewards of the land,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said of the effort. “As part of the Kentucky...

Quarles declares Nov. 10-17 as statewide ‘Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry’ Week

As Kentucky sportsmen and women head out for deer hunting season starting Nov. 10, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is encouraging them to consider donating their harvest to a charitable feeding agency as part of the second annual “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry” Week in Kentucky Nov. 10-17. “It is an unfortunate reality that one in six Kentuckians is food insecure,” said...

‘Serving up Solutions’ dinner raises $39,000 for Hunters for the Hungry, Association of Food Banks

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that a January benefit dinner featuring a bipartisan cross-section of Kentucky leaders raised $39,000 for two anti-hunger organizations. An estimated 150 people attended the first “Serving Up Solutions” dinner at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History to benefit Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: State’s abundant deer population helping KHFH feed the needy

Mike Ohlmann remembers the day in 1984 when the idea of Kentucky hunters donating venison to the less fortunate came to fruition. “A guy was in my shop. He had taken a second deer and didn’t have the freezer space for it,” said Ohlmann, founder and Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH). “He asked if there was a way he could put the deer to good use feeding a family.” Ohlmann,...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Outlook for deer season excellent; archery hunting opens 9/7

The 2013-2014 deer hunting seasons commence Sept. 7 with the opening of Kentucky’s 136-day archery deer season. Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources believe the coming deer season holds great promise with ample food and escape cover provided by the heavy rain this past spring and early summer. Kentucky hunters harvested a record 131,395 deer last season.   By...