FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hosted the kickoff for her second annual statewide food drive known as the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl.
Her office is partnering not only with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, but the Kentucky Association of Counties, or KACo.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl food drive is a friendly competition among Kentucky counties and their local officials across the state to raise resources for food banks at an important time of need – just before the holidays. Last year's competition raised the equivalent of approximately 250,000 pounds of food, and Grimes said she hopes to top that this year, because it’s so important.
“One in five Kentuckians are hungry and don’t know where their next meal is going to come from,” she said. “When you look at the statistics, it’s one in four children.”
"I wholeheartedly encourage and challenge all Kentucky counties to participate in this year's friendly statewide competition that supports the Kentucky Association of Food Banks," said Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk and KACo President David Nicholson. "So, let's all get in the game and do our best to collect food and funds to help our fellow Kentuckians in need."
Tamara Sandberg of God’s Pantry said she was excited about the food drive. “We believe this kind of public-private partnership is truly among the key solutions to ending hunger in Kentucky.”
Sandberg said more than 700,000 Kentuckians depend on food banks each week, and they struggle to keep up with the demands, so every donation is important, and stretch every contribution they receive. “We can actually turn each dollar donated into eight pounds of food,” she said.
The food drive runs Oct. 15-26. More information on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl can be found at .