Ag commissioner unveils effort to combat hunger - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ag commissioner unveils effort to combat hunger

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's agriculture commissioner has announced an initiative to combat hunger among children during the summer.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Monday unveiled a plan to create an economic incentive for summer meal programs to buy fruit and vegetables produced in Kentucky.

The initiative was announced at the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Lexington.

Quarles says the program is funded by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and administered by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.

Quarles formed a Hunger Task Force in 2016 to delve into the problem at a time when food banks were struggling to keep up with demand. The panel has held meetings around Kentucky.

Quarles has said that it's unacceptable to have a hunger problem in a state with a rich agricultural history.

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