Quarles to introduce task force to combat hunger issues
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is leading a new effort to combat hunger.
Quarles revealed the members of a statewide Hunger Task Force and discussed its mission on Thursday at Gallrein Farms outside Shelbyville.
Quarles says hunger exists across Kentucky. He wants the task force to study the sources of hunger and identify successful anti-hunger programs that can be applied elsewhere.
Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, says hunger is a “hidden but serious problem.” She says it goes against Kentucky values to let people go hungry.
Task force members include farmers, business and faith leaders and representatives of farm groups.
A study by Feeding America showed that 17 percent of Kentucky’s population is struggling to avoid hunger, or nearly three-quarters of a million people.
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