- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says a panel appointed to combat hunger plans to hold its first regional meeting in northern Kentucky.

The agency says in a statement that the Kentucky Hunger Task Force will meet on June 21 at the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Office in Highland Heights. The committee plans to hold seven more 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 earlier this 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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