LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – For the tenth consecutive year, Feeding America conducted its annual Map the Meal Gap study to improve understanding of food insecurity and food costs at the local level.
The report finds that food insecurity levels for most communities in Kentucky had reached their lowest levels in 2018. But progress made this past decade will likely be wiped out and food insecurity rates will climb higher than the peak of the Great Recession. In Kentucky, an additional 234,000 people could become food insecure in the wake of the pandemic.
Beef and Dairy Month donations
In honor of Beef Month and Dairy Month, the Kentucky Beef Council, The Dairy Alliance and Kroger teamed up to donate 48,000 Kentucky Proud beef burgers and 1,800 packs of sliced cheese to the Feeding Kentucky network of food banks. The gift was facilitated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative.
Now accepting locally grown agriculture products
The Farms to Food Banks program is up and running for the 2020 season.
Any farmer who grows produce or raises other agricultural products on their Kentucky farm is eligible to participate. The program helps connect farmers with a food bank or local food pantry and covers the cost of picking, packing and transporting donated product. Help us fight hunger while reducing food waste.
Pandemic EBT Application Deadline Extended
Kentucky’s deadline to apply for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits has been extended until August 31.
Some families who receive SNAP, KTAP or Medicaid benefits may not have received P-EBT yet. You must apply by August 31 if you did not get P-EBT added to your EBT card or if you did not receive a P-EBT card in the mail. If you received P-EBT for some of your children but not others, apply for all children again HERE. You can also call toll free 888-979-9949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Nutrition Education at Food Pantries
Feeding Kentucky is partnering with the University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Nutrition Education Program again this year to offer nutrition education services at food pantries across the state.
Participants will learn to plan nutritious meals on a limited budget, acquire safe food handling practices, improve food preparation skills and change behavior necessary to have a healthy lifestyle. Recipes using the fresh produce distributed through the Farms to Food Banks program will be highlighted.