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Conway, Comer, Grimes Encourage Kentuckians to Help Solve Hunger

 

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Frankfort, Kentucky – Attorney General Jack Conway, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and several state lawmakers spent the morning at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday rallying Kentuckians to join the fight against hunger.

According to the USDA, one in six Kentuckians is food-insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.

General Conway kicked off the rally by encouraging all Kentuckians to work to solve hunger. “All of us have a role to play in solving hunger in Kentucky – government, charities, business, and individuals,” Attorney General Conway said. “My office is pleased to be doing its part by sponsoring the March Against Hunger campaign, a fundraising event involving private law firms that helps feed hungry children and families in our communities. Each year, the donations received through March Against Hunger help ease the uncertainty for struggling families and make a difference in the fight against hunger in Kentucky.”

Commissioner Comer encouraged Kentucky taxpayers to “check the box” for hunger relief. 2015 marks the second year that Kentucky state income taxpayers can donate a portion of their refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the fund provides grants to nonprofits for the distribution of Kentucky-grown surplus agricultural commodities to low-income individuals.

“In a state with abundant natural resources, a strong agriculture industry, and a rich food history, no one should go to bed hungry,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “The Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund provides vital resources to nonprofits that help Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods while at the same time providing Kentucky farmers a new source of income. I hope all Kentuckians will join me in donating a portion of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund.”

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks’ Farms to Food Banks program helps farmers recoup losses for product that would not otherwise be sold because of cosmetic imperfections or overproduction. The produce is distributed to hungry Kentuckians throughout the state through the food bank network. It is fresh, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste.

In 2014, 373 Kentucky farmers from 66 counties were paid an average of $1,450 for the produce they provided. Over 3 million pounds of Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables were distributed to struggling Kentuckians in all 120 counties rather than going to waste in the field. That is the equivalent of filling half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for 4.8 million meals.

"An astounding one in four children doesn’t always know where his or her next meal will come from,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Donating a portion of their tax refund is an opportunity for Kentuckians to help ensure their most vulnerable neighbors have enough healthy food to eat.”

In 2014, the first year for the tax check-off program, state income taxpayers donated $41,443 to the fund.

“The $41,443 grant from the tax check-off donations allowed us to fill half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for over 200,000 meals during last year’s growing season,” said executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks Tamara Sandberg. “Our goal for 2015 is $60,000 in donations, which would provide enough produce for 300,000 meals.”

To raise awareness of the need among low-income Kentuckians and the opportunity to give to the trust fund, Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed February as Farms to Food Banks Month in Kentucky.

For more information, go to www.kafb.org.

About the Kentucky Association of Food Banks

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is comprised of seven Feeding America food banks that reach all 120 counties of Kentucky and serve an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians annually. Last year, its members distributed 50 million meals in partnership with more than 800 charitable feeding agencies such as pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community, visit kafb.org.

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Volunteer of the Month - February

 

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Ms. Mary Bailey has been selected by Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, as our Volunteer of the Month for February. Mary first came to the Volunteer Center with a group of nurse leaders from Hardin Memorial Hospital. Ever since then, she has been committed to helping those who struggle with hunger by volunteering weekly. Mary is such a great addition to our volunteer base that supports our mission. We truly rely on caring individuals like Mary to provide food assistance across the 42 counties they serve.  

Mary Bailey (left), is presented with her Volunteer of the Month certificate by Amber Lyvers, Development Director for FAKH.

 

 

 

Washington County Community Action Works to Better Serve Community

 

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Click the video above to see the recent Washington Wellness food distribution.

 

Through the direction of Washington Wellness, a local wellness coalition, community agencies in Washington County are joining forces in hopes of better serving those in need in their area, including our partner agency Washington County Community Action. Their most recent effort brought the county judge executive, local health department, UK Cooperative Extension Service, Community Action Kentucky, and Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and countless volunteers together to deliver various food assistance programs to the residents of Washington County.

 

Mass distributions like the one that Washington County has established, allows community organizations to increase the quality and quantity of the services they provide. It also serves to educate those who need assistance on the types of programs, organizations, and resources that are available to them, information that many of them may not know.

 

To read more about Washington Wellness’s recent efforts click here!

 

 

 

 

Volunteers of the Month --- December

 

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Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland is pleased to announce that The North Hardin Lions Club has been selected as our Volunteers of the Month for October.  The Lions have been avid supporters and volunteers for over two years. This group is amazing and always so much fun to have at the Volunteer Center.  They will do anything and do it with a smile.

THANK YOU for your dedication to Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland and all that you do in supporting hunger-relief efforts!

- See more at: http://www.feedingamericaky.org/newsroom/197-voluntees-of-the-month-october#sthash.LzrWFfie.dpuf

Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland is pleased to announce that the members of First Presbyterian Church have been selected as our Volunteers of the Month for December. The group has been volunteering with us for several years and they usually bring food donations for the BackPack Program when they come as well.  First Presbyterian continues  to support our organization and are dedicated to helping those who struggle with hunger.

THANK YOU for committment to Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland and all that you do in supporting hunger-relief efforts!

Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland is pleased to announce that The North Hardin Lions Club has been selected as our Volunteers of the Month for October.  The Lions have been avid supporters and volunteers for over two years. This group is amazing and always so much fun to have at the Volunteer Center.  They will do anything and do it with a smile.

THANK YOU for your dedication to Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland and all that you do in supporting hunger-relief efforts!

- See more at: http://www.feedingamericaky.org/newsroom/197-voluntees-of-the-month-october#sthash.LzrWFfie.dpufF

 

 

Genentech Foundation Grant Supports Mobile Food Pantry

 

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Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland recently received a $5,000 grant from the Genentech Foundation to support our mission to serve those in need of food assistance. The Genentech Foundation was established by Genentech, a leading biotechnology company, in 2002.The $5,000 grant will be used to support the Mobile Food Pantry Program, a program that distributes Kentucky produce to those in need across 42 counties in central, south central, and western Kentucky.

This fresh Kentucky produce is acquired through the Farms to Food Banks Program, a program established by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and funded through the Kentucky State Government. Thanks to the Farms to Food Banks Program, those in need are given better access to nutritious and wholesome foods that they might not otherwise have.  Last summer, the program was a huge success, distributing hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh produce items across our service area.  We are already looking forward to next spring/summer and another successful season for our Mobile Food Pantry Program.  

If you would like more information about this program, or would like to make a donation to help support these fresh produce distributions, please visit the "Donate Now" page on our website or contact our office at 270-735-1407.

 

 
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