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Many older Americans face an issue that’s often kept behind closed doors: hunger.

A new report called The State of Senior Hunger in America shows that eight percent of Kentucky residents age 60 and older are food insecure. Community organizations in Russellville and Bardstown are among many groups helping older adults get enough healthy food.

By Mary Meehan

CEO Mike Halligan pushed open the door to a huge warehouse serving 50 Kentucky counties. Pallets of beans, pineapple, bottled water, and rice wrapped in a clear plastic stretch to the top tier of the scaffolding, which warehouse workers call “the sky”.

Similar pantries serve 2.5 million people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, of SNAP, benefits across the Ohio Valley.

Report Shows Impact Of SNAP Rule Changes

Jan 16, 2019
Mary Meehan

Recent data shows thousands of Kentuckians have lost access to the supplemental food program, SNAP, because of new barriers and time limits enacted by the state.

Ashley Spalding is a senior policy analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. She said a report released Wednesday shows the impact on Kentuckians in just a few months in 2018.

“So in Kentucky between May and September that 10,000 Kentuckians subject to these time limits who are receiving SNAP lost their benefits because of these requirements,” she said.

Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach. Troops must be fed in order to fight. But what happens when that army faces hunger after marching back home?  

Federal statistics show tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans struggle with homelessness, hunger and food insecurity.

As the holiday season approaches, a pilot program in the Ohio Valley aims to serve those who served their country.


EducationKy.gov

According to the state’s association of foodbanks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.


The first of ten regional meetings on the issue of food insecurity in the commonwealth took place Tuesday in Northern Kentucky.

The inaugural meeting in Highland Heights established the goals of the Hunger Task Force which was initiated earlier this month to combat what seems to be a growing problem in the Commonwealth.

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles says the regional meetings will serve the purpose of displaying the need for the task force with statistics from foodbanks as well as developing attainable and measurable methods to fight the hunger inequities.

Kentucky Searching for Sites to Feed Hungry Kids

Jun 12, 2014
education.ky.gov

National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. An official with the State Department of Education anticipates Kentucky's statistics are even more sobering.

Kathy Galliger says logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer.  She is with the state's summer food service program.