Kentucky schools, organizations receive nearly $1 million to feed kids

Published 9:45 am Friday, July 23, 2021

Boyle schools, other groups receive funding


News release

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families in communities today face increased hardship. Hunger and poverty, already at unacceptable levels, are affecting children at an alarming rate, and the hunger that kids face today has the power to impact the rest of their lives.

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As part of No Kid Hungry Kentucky’s continuing effort to ensure all children in Kentucky remain nourished and healthy, the campaign has announced over $1 million in grants to 38 school districts and community organizations to support their efforts to feed kids since March 2020, resulting in over 8 million meals served. No Kid Hungry Kentucky is a collaborative effort between Share Our Strength and Feeding Kentucky committed to ending childhood hunger in Kentucky by ensuring kids get the food they need.

“No child should have to struggle with an empty stomach or stress about when they will eat again. These grants will help reach more kids with the food they need to grow up healthy, educated and strong,” said Erica Olmstead, Field Manager for the No Kid Hungry Campaign.

“Schools and community organizations play a critical role in Kentucky’s food system. These grants ensure that they have the resources to reach as many Kentucky kids as possible,” said Kate McDonald, No Kid Hungry Kentucky Director at Feeding Kentucky.

For example, a No Kid Hungry Kentucky grant allowed Webster County Schools to open a Resource Center and Food Pantry in December 2020. Valerie Knight, Webster County Schools Food Service Director, said of the project, “The Resource Center has brought together the school district, county officials, local businesses and community organizations to ensure all students and families have what they need to thrive. The No Kid Hungry grant has changed lives.  We are a security net for many and hope to continue our work for years to come.”

Below are the recipients of No Kid Hungry grants across the state of Kentucky:

• Bowling Green Independent School District

• Henderson County Schools

• Jessamine County Schools

• The Hopkinsville/Christian County Family Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc.

• Caverna Independent School District

• Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

• Livingston County School District

• Jefferson County Public Schools

• Boyle County Board of Education

• Lewis County Schools

• Metcalfe County Schools

• Taylor County Schools

• Trimble County School District

• Harlan County Boys & Girls Club, Inc.

• Owsley County Board of Education

• Barren County Board of Education

• Bourbon County Schools

• Corbin Independent Schools

• Jefferson County Public Schools

• Menifee County School District

• Taylor County Schools

• Union County Public Schools

• Pineville Independent

• Webster County Schools

• Freestore Foodbank

• Fairview Independent Schools

• Bell County Board of Education

• Grow Appalachia

• Williamsburg Independent School District

• FoodChain, Inc.

• Paducah Public Schools

• Perry County

• Dare to Care

• Henry County Public Schools

• Graves County Schools

• Montgomery County Board of Education

• Community Agricultural Nutritional Enterprises