February News

Governor Beshear Proclaims Hunger-Free Kentucky Month

At the 2020 Rally to Solve Hunger, Governor Andy Beshear signed a proclamation declaring January Hunger-Free Kentucky Month. Other Rally speakers included Lieutenant Governor Coleman, Agriculture Commissioner Quarles, Attorney General Cameron, House Speaker David Osborne, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Paul Hornback and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Richard Heath.

THANK YOU to the over 100 advocates from across the Commonwealth for helping make the 7th Annual Hunger Free Kentucky Day at the Capitol a success!

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Over 2,000 Meal Bags Packed by Legislators
Elected officials from both sides of the aisle worked together in January to assemble over 2,000 bags of food for Kentucky children at risk of hunger.  The nutritious and easy-to-prepare food was distributed across the commonwealth to children who are at risk of experiencing hunger on the weekend. Thanks to Molina Healthcare, Laurel Grocery Company, and Circle K for supporting the event. 
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Expansion Grants Available for Afterschool and Summer Meals
No Kid Hungry Kentucky Mobile Meal Grant
Deadline March 15, 2020

Did you know 1 in 4 Kentucky summer meal sites in 2019 were mobile last year? Sponsors use vehicles to transport and serve meals directly at apartment complexes, parks, and other locations where children spend their summer days. Our No Kid Hungry Kentucky grants are available to organizations interested in expanding access and participation in SFSP through mobile meals. Funding is supported through Farm Credit Mid-America and Cobank. 

Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program (K-VIP)
Deadline Rolling
We're committed to ensuring kids have access to healthy, fresh and Kentucky-grown produce in their afterschool and summer meals. K-VIP funding covers half the cost of produce purchased directly from Kentucky farms. Available to organizations participating in CACFP at-risk and SFSP. Funding supported through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. 

K-VIP Equipment Expansion Grant
Deadline Rolling

Interested in participating in K-VIP but have equipment needs? The K-VIP Expansion Grant is available for current and potential K-VIP grantees that need processing and storing equipment for fresh produce purchased for SFSP and CACFP at-risk meals. Email Kate for more details, 
Farms to Food Banks 
Since the statewide launch of the Farms to Food Banks program in 2011, we've distributed enough fresh fruits and vegetables to fill half a plate for nearly 36 million meals. More than 1,000 Kentucky farm families have participated and over 21 million pounds of food have been saved from the landfill. 
Take Action!
Last week, Governor Beshear presented his 2020-2022 Budget Proposal, and we are grateful that it includes funding for Farms to Food Banks.  However, the proposal is $100,000 less than what had been proposed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture--which would mean 700,000 fewer meals filled with half a plate full of fruits and vegetables. 

Take Action!
  • Call 800-372-7181 and ask to leave a message with the members of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. (Even better: ask for your legislator by name if they are a member of the committee).
  • Message: "Restore funding for Farms to Food Banks to $600,000/year --  the amount requested by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture."

Hunger in the News

Leaders urge Kentuckians to join fight against hunger. Read more.

Five million pounds of food saved with Farm to Food Bank program. Read more.

Lawmakers help distribute food to children facing hunger. Read more.


Register Now for No Kid Hungry’s 2020 Rural Child Hunger Summit which will take place March 31-April 1, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. This national event will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to explore the disparities driving child hunger in rural communities; identify promising practices and policy levers that reduce the incidence of rural child hunger; celebrate innovations that are user-centered and evidence-informed; and foster connections between communities of research and practice. Click here to learn more and register.
The Feeding Kentucky network serves 1 in 7 Kentuckians each year. Support our work and ensure everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food. 
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Our mission is to end hunger, in collaboration with Kentucky’s Feeding America food banks and partners, through advocacy and resource development.
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