Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner, said one in five Kentucky school children are food insecure.
A new report finds more low-income children in Kentucky are starting their school days with the food they need to fuel their brain.
Thousands of children rely on meals they receive through school and will lose access to those important meals in a few months when school lets out for the summer.
In Kentucky, 17 percent of households reported they couldn't buy enough food for their families during 2016-2017. That percentage equates to more than one in six families, and when it comes to households with children, that rate increases to near one in five. Those rates rank Kentucky as 12th in the state, with the number one spot being the worst for hunger, according to a new study released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), a national anti-hunger advocacy group.