Leaders urge Kentuckians to join fight against hunger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky leaders are encouraging people to join the fight against hunger.

Gov. Andy Beshear joined lawmakers, advocates and others Wednesday at a Capitol rally to bring awareness to the problem and to gain support for solutions, according to a statement from Feeding Kentucky. The organization hosted the rally as part of its Hunger Free Kentucky Day.

As part of that effort, Beshear signed a proclamation declaring January as Hunger-Free month in Kentucky.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the 2020 Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy, a competition among law firms and legal offices to raise resources for hunger relief.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles urged residents to donate part of their state income tax return to the Farm to Food Banks Trust Fund, which connects food banks with produce from farmers.

One in seven Kentucky residents is food-insecure, Quarles said, which means they don't have consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.

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