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3:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Grimes, Comer Rally For Kentucky Farms To Food Banks Program

It’s not often visitors to the Kentucky Capitol are proudly decked out in orange, but Tuesday was an exception.

Secy. Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer were among those donning the color in honor of the campaign to end hunger in the Bluegrass.

At the rally in support of Farms to Food Banks, God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Marian Guinn said it’s time for legislators to provide some steady funding for the program, which has pieced together funding from a variety of donors since its inception in 2001.

"We are seeking a $500,000 commitment annually from the state budget to begin to fund this program in a real way. That will enable us to dramatically increase the amount of produce that we're buying from local growers and producers and, in turn, dramatically increase the amount of local foods that are going into pantries, shelters, and kitchens in Kentucky," Guinn argues.

Guinn says Ohio funds a similar program at $12 million dollars annually, but her organization would be happy to see any financial commitment from the state. 

Kentucky Association of Food Banks members distributed over 50 million pounds of food and grocery products in 2013.