Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Participates in Rally to Solve Hunger

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 04, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen,
Bradford Queen,
(502) 564-3490

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today joined the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and other elected officials in the Capitol Rotunda for the Rally to Solve Hunger. The Rally, part of the second annual Food Bank Day, raises awareness and knowledge about the fight against hunger in Kentucky.

Grimes has a lifelong commitment to addressing Kentucky’s hunger issues. She is a longtime volunteer at the Salvation Army, serving the Thanksgiving meal at her local service center every year. She has also served on the Board at God’s Pantry Food Bank for four years.

In 2013, Grimes supported a new law that provides tax incentives to Kentucky farmers who donate to food banks, and she was recognized by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network as a Nonprofit Advocacy Partner for her work on that legislation. She has also supported the Farms to Food Banks Program, through which the Association purchases and distributes fresh produce to hungry Kentuckians.

“As many as one in six Kentuckians does not know where his or her next meal will come from, and the rate of food insecurity is even higher among children,” Grimes said. “These programs are important opportunities for Kentuckians to help make sure their most vulnerable neighbors have enough healthy food to eat.”

Grimes thanked the farmers who participate in the programs and Kentucky’s food banks for their tireless work to help eradicate hunger and food insecurity in the Commonwealth. “By working together and continuing to create and foster these kinds of partnerships, we can end hunger in Kentucky,” said Grimes.