Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl food drive hopes to address food insecurity in Kentucky

09/20/2017 05:02 PM

FLORENCE – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was on hand in Florence on Wednesday to announce the launch of a new initiative designed to raise resources for hunger relief throughout the commonwealth.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl is a partnership between the Secretary of State’s office, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KDADD), in which the various area development districts across the state will be in friendly competition with each other to raise the most food and cash donations to feed the hungry.

The inaugural campaign will run from October 16 through October 27, but people may begin donating immediately.

Every dollar donated through the completion will return $8 or more in food to the community.

The goal is to raise at least 400,000 pounds of food.

The Area Development District that raises the most food and funds will win the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, a glass bowl trophy.

It’s estimated that 700,000 Kentuckians across the state are food insecure, with 56,000 located in the 8-county northern Kentucky region.

Grimes believes that the initiative is the largest of its kind ever held in the commonwealth.

“The statistics are quite scary, one in five Kentuckians, even worse for children, one in four Kentuckians are choosing between being able to provide for their medicine or be able to afford food, being able to afford a mortgage, or being able to put dinner on the table,” Grime said.

The food and cash will be collected at the various food pantries around the state which will be credited towards a particular area development district.

“We are working with our association of food banks which are statewide throughout the commonwealth, they have multiple locations where you can drop off either a monetary donation and or your food contribution,” Grimes said. “Just let them know that it’s going to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, and they will make sure that it is attributed to the appropriate county and especially area development district.”

Another benefit of the food drive is to make everyone aware of the hunger problem in the state, so that they can do their part to help the less fortunate.

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky feeds this nation, there’s no reason why we should not be feeding our own neighbors,” Grimes said. “This food insecurity is something that folks must realize; it impacts one in five Kentuckians, many of whom are seniors who are already struggling to have the healthcare they need.”

Grimes will make visits to each of the area development districts over the next few weeks to discuss the vital need for hunger relief in Kentucky.

The KAFB is an organization that distributes over 58 million meals to one in seven Kentuckians annually in partnership with a network of 800 local charitable feeding organizations. Its members serve all 120 counties in Kentucky.

Spectrum News did a three part series on confronting food scarcity. Part one can be viewed here, part two can be viewed here and part three can be viewed here.


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