Quarles leads Hunger Initiative regional meeting in Bowling Green
For Immediate Release
Friday, July 22, 2016
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Kentucky Hunger Task Force met with advocates for the hungry to learn what is being done at the local level to combat food insecurity in the Bowling Green area in the fourth of 10 regional meetings Friday.
“These regional meetings will give the Hunger Task Force a clearer picture of the need as well as actions being taken locally to meet the need,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan 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.”
Gary Miles, executive director of Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, said the organization partners with 220 nonprofit charitable agencies in 42 western and southern Kentucky counties to assist more than 174,000 people. The organization and its partners provide approximately 11.7 million meals per year, but they need another 18.5 million meals to meet the need in their service area, Miles said.
The Hunger Task Force is part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to alleviate food insecurity in Kentucky. The objectives 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 Kentucky Hunger Initiative, go to kyagr.com/hunger.