Number 1 in another issue is not where Kentucky wants to be

You’ve heard Gov. Andy Beshear and you’ve seen the reports that Kentucky has more adults applying for unemployment than any other state. That’s not something to brag about.

Now comes word from Feeding America that Kentucky is, for the second consecutive year, at the top of the list in states with food insecure adults. Here’s a couple of graphs from the news release that is posted for your use at

Feeding Kentucky announced the release of Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2018  and The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2018, two studies about food insecurity among older adults and seniors in the United States published by Feeding America®. The reports shed light on the extent to which food insecurity – or having limited access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy lifestyle – affects our neighbors age 50 and older.

The Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2018 report shows that for the second year in a row, Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among older adults. Kentucky’s rate of food insecurity among adults age 50-59 was 17.3 percent in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available. According to The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2018, 6.9 percent of Kentucky seniors age 60 and older were food insecure in 2018.  In the Louisville metro area, 10.3 percent of seniors were food insecure in 2018.


Kentucky newspapers did a tremendous job last year bringing the issue to the attention of their readers. Let’s do it again this year.

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