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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger.

Kentucky Makes Strides in Fighting Hunger

May 8, 2017
Public News Service

An annual snapshot of food insecurity shows Kentucky is making some strides in the fight to end hunger.

The Map the Meal Gap 2017 report by Feeding America released Thursday tracks who is struggling with hunger and where they live.

According to the findings, Kentucky's food insecurity rate of 16 percent fell about 1 percent from last year.

Food insecurity rates are down overall since 2011, and Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, says she's thrilled to see the improvement.

Nutrition, Food Bank Programs Prepare to Fight for Funding

Mar 15, 2017
Public News Service

One in six people in Kentucky struggles with hunger, and the rate is even higher among the state's youth, according to the group Feeding America.

Such statistics are why hunger-fighting groups are concerned about possible cuts to federal nutrition programs under the Trump administration.

Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, was one of 1,200 people in Washington this week at the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference.

He says this year, people turned out in record numbers to advocate for the much needed programs.

Rowan County Sheriff's Office

The smell of warm chili filled the air at the inaugural Chili Wars event.

Held on Saturday, November 7, the event was a benefit for God’s Pantry Food Bank and held at the Morehead Conference Center in Morehead.

Awards were presented by God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Marian F. Guinn, Ben Caudill and Jeffrey Liles, Morehead Regional Advisory Board Chair and Vice Chair.

Chili Wars Winners List:

1st Place - Rowan Co. Sherriff    

2nd Place - Morehead Pediatric Dentistry

3rd Place - Jesus Our Savior Catholic Church

People’s Choice – Allen’s IGA

Demand Greater Than Supplies at Kentucky's Food Banks

Dec 5, 2014
Union Avenue

A new report from Feeding America finds that more than 3.5 million food distributions were made this year to more than 209,000 Kentucky households. That's one in every seven Kentuckians turning to a food bank for help.

"We keep hearing that the Great Recession is over, but it's clear that the recovery has not reached hundreds of thousands of homes in Kentucky yet," said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. "Food banks alone cannot solve the problem of hunger in Kentucky."

AmeriCorps

More than 400 AmeriCorps members helped to package 63,762 vitamin-fortified meals on Thursday (Sept. 11) as part of the national AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration and the annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day).

The service project was organized by Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) and by Kids Against Hunger-Louisville.

Hunger Still A Problem For Many Kentucky Families

Apr 21, 2014
Coastal Community Action

Hunger issues continue to complicate life for many Kentucky families.  This reality is reflected in the just-released "Map the Meal Gap Report".

The meal gap study shows 17 percent of people in the state are food insecure.  That figure includes more than 220 thousand Kentucky children. 

Kentucky Association of Food Banks Director Tamara Sandberg worries food stamp changes over the last year could complicate an already difficult problem. 

Money for Hunger Relief

Oct 17, 2013

The state legislature is being asked to appropriate half a million dollars to fight hunger in Kentucky. The request is from the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.

Executive Director Tamara Sandburg says the money would go into the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund…