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Feeding Kentucky acquires 28,000 pounds of ground beef from Marksbury Farms for food bank distribution

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced Feeding Kentucky has acquired 28,000 pounds of Kentucky Proud ground beef from Marksbury Farms for distribution among Kentucky’s food bank network. The purchase is funded by a historic donation Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company made to Feeding Kentucky in April of this year as part of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative started by Quarles...

Serving Up Solutions Dinner in Frankfort will benefit Kentucky’s hungry, focus on finding answers

United States Ambassador Kelly Craft, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Joe Craft, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, State Representative Phillip Pratt, and State Senator Robin Webb will host a Hunger Initiative dinner in January to benefit food-insecure Kentuckians. Quarles Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin are scheduled to serve as the featured guests at the first Serving...

Kentucky legal community raises 175 tons of food for families, children during initial ‘Food Frenzy’

Kentucky’s legal community has raised more than 350,000 pounds or 175 tons of food through donations for families and children across the state, Attorney General Andy Beshear said. The effort is part of the inaugural Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy that takes donations of food, money and volunteer time during the competition announced in February by Beshear and partners. They announced the winners Friday...

Kentucky Farms to Food Banks program providing produce to areas of the state most in need

Finding Kentucky-grown tomatoes, cucumbers and apples on a regular basis in the homes of many lower-income Kentuckians has been a known challenge in Kentucky. Struggling families living paycheck to paycheck who typically can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables have been less likely to get them. Kentucky farmers, in turn, have been less likely to grow what they couldn’t sell or couldn’t sell...

Quarles leads Lexington region meeting of the Kentucky Hunger Task Force

The Kentucky Hunger Task Force met with advocates for the hungry at God’s Pantry Food Bank to learn what is being done at the local level to combat food insecurity in the Lexington area in the third of 10 regional meetings last week. “These regional meetings will give the task force a clearer picture of the need as well as actions being taken locally to meet the need,” Agriculture Commissioner...

When Seconds Count: ‘Ugly’ produce finds a home through Farm to Food Banks program

  ‘Pretty’ produce – largely without imperfections – is easier for a farmer to sell than the ‘ugly’ variety, called seconds. The Farm to Food Banks program, however, pays just under wholesale for these seconds and distributes them to food banks across Kentucky. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   As the state’s...

When Seconds Count: 'Ugly' produce finds a home through Farm to Food Banks program

  ‘Pretty’ produce – largely without imperfections – is easier for a farmer to sell than the ‘ugly’ variety, called seconds. The Farm to Food Banks program, however, pays just under wholesale for these seconds and distributes them to food banks across Kentucky. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   As the state’s...

Funding boost will enable more Kentucky children to receive free summer meals

  A $40,000 increase in funding will enable the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to increase the number of low-income children receiving summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program, officials announced today.   Gov. Steve Beshear’s office will use $20,000 from the State Planning Fund to match a $20,000 private grant from Share Our Strength, a national organization working...

Funds will go toward ‘eliminating barriers’ that contribute to child hunger in Kentucky

(Graphic from Hunger in Kentucky 2014)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Kentucky is one of just a few states that will be on the receiving end of $27 million worth of U.S. Department of Agriculture grants designated to help combat child hunger.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement about the new initiative during a speech at the 2015 National Anti-Hunger...

Surplus ‘seconds’ making a big difference
but filling food bank shelves still important

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For the first time since the Farm to Food Banks bill was enacted in 2009, Kentucky’s 2014 General Assembly funded the legislation that brings surplus produce that is considered “seconds” and unsalable from state farmers and makes it available to food banks located in the Commonwealth.   The program, which was established within the Kentucky...

Surplus 'seconds' making a big difference but filling food bank shelves still important

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For the first time since the Farm to Food Banks bill was enacted in 2009, Kentucky’s 2014 General Assembly funded the legislation that brings surplus produce that is considered “seconds” and unsalable from state farmers and makes it available to food banks located in the Commonwealth.   The program, which was established within the Kentucky...

Kentuckians can now donate to the Farms
to Food Banks program through tax refunds

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   When the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation several years ago to help farmers get their surplus produce – or “seconds” – to food banks, the legislation did not provide funding. Still, thanks to grants and donations, the Farm to Food Banks initiative has functioned, helping provide more food for the hungry and finding...

New report: 875,000 Kentuckians will see cuts to their food assistance benefits this fall

Some 875,000 people in Kentucky will see a cut in their food assistance benefits this fall, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and detailed in a report from the Washington, D.C.,-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.   (Photo...

Kentucky hunger problem not getting better as debate continues over assistance program

  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While debate goes on in Washington over proposed spending cuts to the nation’s largest food assistance program, legislators in Kentucky recently heard of how great the food insecurity issue is closer to home.   Tamara Sandberg with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture that funding is needed...