National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer.
Kathy Galliger, an official with the State Department of Education, said logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer. While her agency, the state's summer food service program, doesn't track such numbers, Galliger suspects Kentucky's figures are even worse than the one-in-seven national statistic. Still, she said there are federal dollars to pay for food.
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, released by Feeding America, shows 17 percent of people in the state are food insecure. That figure includes more than 220,000 Kentucky children. Fulton County had the highest food insecurity rate at 23 percent.
Dr. Bob Long is the Murray State University Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and a Senior Fellow at Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, where he has launched a new graduate course called "Strategic Philanthropy: Learning by Giving." This new program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which is focused on addressing hunger, conflict and poverty. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the initiative and its origins.
The Empty Bowls Project returns to Paducah at the Julian M. Carroll Convention Center February 15. The evening is a fundraiser for The Community Kitchen of Paducah, and gathers over 1,400 hand-made ceramic bowls and over a dozen different restaurants for an opportunity to feed the most fragile members of our community. Kate Lochte speaks with Michael Terra of Terra Cottage Ceramics about the event.
The Murray Art Guild and partners host a 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Needline of Murray and Calloway County Friday. Guild Director Debi Danielson is here with Nicole Schmittou, representing MSU Nutrition students cooking the soup that will go in the bowls after they are made. Debi describes the project - an effort to fight hunger needs in the community. The bowls are made by local artists and volunteers - all are welcome. A fundraising event is then held, where the bowls are sold as a donation. This event is Friday, (October 18) from 7 to 10 pm at the Murray Art Guild. See more on the Murray Art Guild website.
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging residents to spend some time this holiday season helping curb hunger. Simon wants to highlight volunteering time, giving money or donating food to help children, seniors and families access nutritious food while the economy continues to recover.