Lawmakers help distribute food to children facing hunger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers assembled bags of food to be distributed to children at risk of going hungry at an event planned by a House leader who remains hospitalized.

Lawmakers from both parties formed assembly lines Monday to put pasta, canned vegetables, pudding cups, juice boxes and other food into bags.

The goal was to distribute 2,100 bags of food to 18 schools or Head Start programs statewide, said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of Feeding Kentucky, a statewide association of food banks that organized the event. Each bag held enough food for three meals and two snacks.

Lawmakers volunteered at an event planned by Senate President Robert Stivers and House Majority Floor Leader John “Bam" Carney.

Carney, a Campbellsville Republican, has been hospitalized since last month with a severe case of pancreatitis. Carney remains in “very, very serious condition," House Speaker David Osborne told reporters.

The floor leader manages legislation during debates on the House floor and helps plan the daily legislative agenda. House Speaker Pro Tem David Meade manages activities on the GOP-dominated House floor in Carney's absence.

Carney was on lawmakers' minds as they filled food bags.

“He was excited about this, and I know he's thrilled to see us carry on with it," Osborne said.

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