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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


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Public News Service - KY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

In 2018, more than 3 million pounds of fresh produce were distributed to Kentuckians in need through the Farms to Food Banks program. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Many Kentucky farmers are participating in a statewide program that channels produce to local food banks. The program – one of the first of its kind in the country – pays farmers to harvest, pack and transport produce from the field to families in need. Cynthia

Kentucky ranks 41st in the country for participation in federally funded children's summer nutrition programs. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. - More children in Kentucky are getting their breakfast and lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs, according to a report released today by the Food Research and Action Center. The state has expanded the sites where children can get free summer meals beyond schools

Kentucky's older adults experience the highest rates in the nation for food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentuckians in their 50s have the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. According to a new report by the group Feeding America, 18.6% of adults age 50 to 59 in the state have experienced hunger or uncertainty about where their next meal was coming from. Nationally

According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau, family farms produce most of the state's agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With a downturn in the farm economy, many Kentucky farmers are under increasing financial pressure – and there's a new resource guide that could help. Low commodity prices are shrinking cash flow for many farmers, forcing some to take out more or higher interest loans.

More than 600,000 people in Kentucky face food insecurity, according to a new

BEREA, Ky. – More than 600,000 Kentuckians, many of them children, are going hungry, according to a new "Map the Meal Gap" report by the group Feeding America. The report, which looked at food insecurity in all 120 counties in the state, found Magoffin County had the highest rate of food ins

A rare strain of E.coli infections in Kentucky has infected dozens of people, and public health officials expect more cases. (@manjurulhaque/Twenty20)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — At least 46 people in the Commonwealth have been diagnosed with E.coli, and six of the infected have been hospitalized, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. State epidemiologist Doug Thoroughman said the strain of E.coli is called O103, and is rarely found

Between January 2017 and September 2018, about 13,000 Kentuckians lost SNAP food benefits because they reached the three-month time limit. (@cfrincon/Twenty20)<br /><br />

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thousands of Kentuckians classified as able-bodied adults without dependents are losing Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP benefits, according a new report. Researchers at the Urban Institute found at least 13,122 Kentuckians lost food assistance between Ja

Lashonda Cooper, center, cafeteria manager at Simons Middle School, received the Rising Star Award in the Kentucky School Breakfast Challenge. (Ashley Lauren Photography)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - School staffers in the Commonwealth are being recognized for their creative efforts to feed more kids a nutritious breakfast each school day. Lashonda Cooper, a cafeteria manager at Simons Middle School in Fleming County, received a "Rising Star Award" in the Kentucky School Br

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