A just-released report shows almost one in six Kentucky households struggle to put food on the table. The non-profit Food Research and Action Center ranks the commonwealth just outside the ten states with the highest levels of hunger. Kentucky is number 12.
Kate McDonald with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks says it’s difficult to say if studies like this cause more people to donate food or money. “It’s our hope that people, it kind of jolts people awake to the fact that people, families, kids are hungry in Kentucky,” said McDonald.
McDonald says community support for after-school and summertime meal programs is critical. That often is done through back pack programs. Individual donations to food banks are also important. “Lack of access to enough food for an active life can really limit a child’s ability to grow up and be a productive adult,” explained McDonald
McDonald says eight counties in the southeast Kentucky region have almost one in three children facing food insecurities.