Director, Commonwealth Policy Center
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According to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, over 700,000 Kentuckians, don't always know where their next meal will come from. That's 1 in 6. This is tragic because we are a major agriculture region of the country. This prompted Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles to create an economic incentive for summer meal programs for the needy. The program incentivizes local food banks to purchase local fruit and vegetables grown by Kentuckians and then used to feed the hungry. There are several partnering agencies and of course there will be a benefit to local farmers with market ready produce. The but the thing that ties all of these groups together is care and concern for the hungry in Kentucky and offering compassion for those who need help. It's a good deed and good news worth sharing.