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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Nearly one in five Kentuckians and one in four children don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, said Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

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Two Kentucky agencies are among 32 organizations nationwide benefiting from almost $17 million in federal funding to help low income-citizens buy fruits and vegetables. 

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  If you’re a social media user, chances are you’ve seen this message shared multiple times over the past few weeks:

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A new Kentucky law will shield entities donating food to nonprofits from liability with the goal of increasing food donations. 

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.

Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling the squeeze, as surplus food supplies dwindle but the lines of people seeking help remain long.

Hunger Gains: Budget Cuts Imperil Nutritious Food Aid

Apr 17, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

At a moment when food aid agencies are working to provide healthier food to the poor and the elderly, President Donald Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in funding for the agriculture programs that support them. It’s a move that advocates say is bad for people who need food and local farmers who provide it. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

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The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is receiving a 10-thousand dollar grant from The Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Southern California. The money will be used to buy 42,500 pounds of fresh produce distributed throughout the state. KAFB Executive Director Tamara Sandberg says the grant money couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

September is Hunger Action Month. The United Way of Murray-Calloway County and WoodmenLife are partnering for a Hunger Banquet on September 27 to raise awareness of food insecurity in Calloway and collect donations to benefit Needline and Soup for the Soul. WoodmenLife’s Angie Hatton and United Way director Gerald Washington talk about the event with Austin Carter on Sounds Good.

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Kentucky has the fifth highest obesity rate in the nation.

The commonwealth also has the dubious distinction of being only one of two states that saw an increase in obesity levels between 2014 and last year.Kentucky has the fifth highest obesity rate in the nation.

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A panel appointed to combat hunger plans to hold two regional meetings this week. The Kentucky Hunger Task Force will meet in London on Wednesday and in Lexington on Thursday. 

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