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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.

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  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted last week school meal programs are funded through March despite the government shutdown. But some food service and nutrition directors at west Kentucky school districts worry how they’ll fund meals beyond that if the shutdown continues.

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.

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Thousands of Kentucky residents have two months to look for work or job training to keep their food stamp benefits.  Anya Weber of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says food stamp recipients have until April 1 to comply with the new requirements.  

"Able-bodied adults without dependents will need to meet a 20-hour work or training requirement," says Weber. "This is going to affect approximately 17,500 able-bodied adults in eight counties."

Those counties are Bullitt, Daviess, Fayette, Hardin, Henderson, Jefferson, McCracken and Warren.

Lexington Local Foods Initiative to Assist Low Income Families

Apr 1, 2015
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A new program in Fayette County aims to help place healthy produce on the tables of more low income families. As WEKU'S Jonese Franklin reports, funding for the initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Vatican today released a letter presenting some guidelines for dealing with sex abuse in dioceses around the world. The letter didn’t change much on the policy outlined last summer by Pope Benedict XVI…and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says the new guidelines don’t go far enough.