When asked about the summer meals program at FoodChain, Portia Lee says, "I've been surprised about what they like! Overall they've liked everything. Trying new dishes is good for them, because it will keep them open to trying new healthy foods later on. My son's a vegetable kid, and he comes to eat here and loves it. He likes to try new things. Every time kids come, they ask for more!" On today's menu: stuffed bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, and yogurt with blueberries. FoodChain interns were also sharing samples from foods from around the world, baba ganoush and papusas among them. [...]
KY Kids Eat & Anthem Medicaid help Ashland Independent Schools buy supplies to transport food to kids in needAshley Pitts2018-10-15T10:26:22-04:00
Ashland Independent Schools were one of several school systems to be awarded a mini-grant from KY Kids Eat, in partnership with Anthem Medicaid. In total, the workers from Ashland Independent served roughly 15,771 meals to those in need this summer. They had 21 summer meals sites this year, and thanks to the mini-grant, three of those were mobile meal sites. When asked how the grant affected their summer meal programs, a staff member responded that “it drastically helped us get the necessary items to get our mobile meal route up and running. We had a vehicle, and with the grant money [...]
Partnerships with Kentucky farmers help solve hunger for children this summer Food can be a powerful marker of our collective memory. For many, summertime is defined by our food—backyard barbecues, homemade peach ice cream, tomatoes from the garden, and snapping peas on the porch. People, place and time are crystallized in our interactions with what we eat.
LaRue County Schools will provide free meals to children this summer as part of a federal program. This is the first summer in more than 10 years that the school system will participate in the program, said Stephanie Utley, food service director for the district. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reimburse the district for each meal served.
KY Kids Eat, in partnership with Anthem Medicaid, has awarded $25,000 in grant funding to 17 summer food service sponsors across the commonwealth to support mobile summer meals or enrichment programs at meal sites this summer. Grant recipients are Allen County Schools, Carter County Schools, Frankfort Independent Schools, the Housing Authority of Maysville, KCEOC Community Action, Logan County Public Library, Mayfield Graves County YMCA, UMC Food Ministries, Williamsburg Independent Schools, Woodford County Schools, Ashland Independent Schools, Berea College, Crittenden County Schools, Danville Public Schools, Harlan County Boys and Girls Club, LaRue County Schools, and Paducah Public Schools.
We're talking about KY Kids Eat and Anthem Medicaid...two organizations that are fighting hunger for local kids.
Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner, said one in five Kentucky school children are food insecure.
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.