$40,000 funding increase to feed KY children this summer

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Besheare announced on June 9 that the Kentucky Association of Food Banks will have an additional $40,000 in funding to increase the reach of their summer program.

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KASFB hosts the Summer Food Service Program, officials say, which ensures low-income children continue to have nutritious meals when school is not in session. The funding, Gov. Beshear’s office says, will help coordinate services, share knowledge, and support the best practices among sponsors, as well as launching a statewide awareness campaign.

Share our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger, gave a $20,000 private grant to KASFB, which Gov. Beshaear’s office is now matching from the State Planning Fund.

“During the school year more than a half-million Kentucky students eat breakfast, lunch or both meals at school – often for free or at a reduced price,” said Mrs. Beshear. “They count on these meals to keep their stomachs full and their minds active, but during the summer months many students are at risk of going undernourished. The Summer Food Service Program provides meals so that many of these children will not go hungry.”

To help raise awareness, Gov. Beshear has declared June 9 as Summer Food Service Program Day, issuing a proclamation.

To find a nearby Summer Meal site, check out the official website.