Kentucky Ag News


Final Hunger Task Force regional meeting set for Sept. 28 in Pikeville


Kentucky Agricultural News staff report


FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Hunger Task Force is scheduled tohold its final of 10 regional meetings Sept. 28 in Pikeville.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who launched the Kentucky Hunger Initiative and assembled the task force last spring, will lead a meeting of hunger advocates and local leaders at the University of Pikeville's Booth Auditorium, 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, at 2 p.m. EDT.

“These regional meetings will give the Kentucky Hunger Task Force a clearer picture of the need as well as actions being taken locally to meet the need,” Commissioner Quarles said. “With this information, the task force can develop measurable, attainable goals for reducing hunger in Kentucky and a plan of action to achieve those goals.”

The task force made stops Sept. 13 in Louisville and Sept. 19 in Elizabethtown.


In Louisville, Dare to Care reported that 156,570 food-insecure individuals live in the eight Kentucky counties that it serves. Dare to Care distributed 14.2 million meals to Kentucky clients in its most recent fiscal year, including 70,000 backpacks of food to 1,760 students in 29 Kentucky schools and 260,000 hot Kids Café meals.


In the Elizabethtown meeting, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland reported that it serves more than 174,000 people in 42 counties in central and southwestern Kentucky. It distributes approximately 14 million pounds of food that provide 11.7 million meals per year.


Map the Meal Gap, an annual study by Feeding America, found that 17 percent of the population of Kentucky – or 1 out of every 6 Kentuckians – is food insecure.

The Hunger Initiative is a first-of-its-kind effort to alleviate food insecurity in Kentucky. The objectives of the Hunger Initiative are to study the sources of hunger, identify the unique issues that affect different regions of the Commonwealth, and take an inventory of resources that can be brought to bear against the hunger problem in Kentucky.

For more information about the Hunger Initiative, Hunger Task Force, and other regional meeting dates, visit