- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says a panel appointed to combat hunger plans to hold two regional meetings this week.

The agency says in a statement that the Kentucky Hunger Task Force will meet in London on Wednesday and in Lexington on Thursday.

The committee is holding eight regional meetings around the state to determine what logistics are necessary to meet the needs of each area.

An annual study by Feeding America showed that 17 percent of Kentucky’s population is struggling to avoid hunger.

Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who launched the task force last month, says it’s unacceptable to have a hunger problem in a state with a rich agricultural history. He says the goal is to make nutritious foods more accessible.

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