Food insecurity in Kentucky: Even more help is needed this year because of COVID-19

In Kentucky, 662,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they will find their next meal. That number includes one in every five kids who may not have enough to eat.

Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among adults age 50-59. Nationally, the food insecurity rate among adults age 50-59 is 10.6 percent while in Kentucky the rate is 17.3 percent.

Kentucky’s child food-insecurity rate is 19 percent, higher than the national rate of 12 percent.

Child food insecurity in Kentucky ranges from a low of 7.7 percent in Oldham County up to 36.6 percent in Magoffin County.

Kentucky’s overall food-insecurity rate is 15 percent, higher than the national rate of 12 percent for the overall population.

Food insecurity exists in every county in Kentucky. Overall food insecurity in Kentucky ranges from a low of 6.9 percent of the population in Oldham County up to 24.8 percent in Harlan County.

The media packet attached in pdf format includes maps of food insecurity levels in Kentucky, a news release that is embargoed until August 25, an op-ed article about the impact of hunger in Kentucky and a print ad simply saying HUNGER. Take that ad to local businesses and get them to underwrite the cost of the ad in your newspaper. Sell it as a stand-alone ad or a signature page with numerous businesses sponsoring.


To Members of the Kentucky Press Association:

Who could have imagined how different September 2020 would be from September 2019? The COVID-19 pandemic has created an even more urgent need to take action against hunger in Kentucky.

September is Hunger Action Month and as Kentucky’s largest charitable organization dedicated to ending hunger, we are providing this specially designed packet for your information and utilization.

We could not have been more pleased with the impact of our Hunger Action Month partnership last year. We are grateful for our news media partners who help bring attention to hunger in Kentucky.

Please let us know if we can provide any additional information.

Thank you for helping get the word out about hunger and how we can work together to solve it!

Tamara Sandberg, Executive Director, Feeding Kentucky


Please direct inquiries about this media packet or to request additional information to Karena Cash at

HAM KPA packet 2020


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