Bowling Green Kentuky – Kentucky Tue, 01 Jun 2021 04:26:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bowling Green Kentuky – Kentucky 32 32 Food bank demand declines as Kentucky kids return to classrooms Tue, 11 May 2021 17:35:49 +0000

Job losses and months of virtual learning when children did not get meals at school during the pandemic have created a hunger crisis for many Kentucky families.

Now, the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Bluegrass State and declining cases of the virus have eased the hunger crisis as parts of life move closer to normal.

Feeding America in the Heart of Kentucky continues its regular distribution of food to approximately 1,000 households in Lampkin Park, Warren County, once a month.

But with many children returning to in-person learning at school and having part of their meals there, Feeding America has combined two emergency distributions in Warren County into one monthly location.

Executive Director Jamie Sizemore said that in April, the food bank was serving 432 households in Ephram White Park and 372 households in Buchanan Park.

“So these continued to drop, in both, especially in Buchanan. So we decided to ask everyone in Buchanan Park to go to Ephram White, ”Sizemore said. “So these two together, we’re going to serve over 800 households.”

Sizemore said that as the crisis phase of the pandemic and the resulting food insecurity wanes, Feeding America Kentuky Heartlabd is in the recovery phase.

The Elizabethtown Food Bank serves 42 counties in central, south-central and western Kentucky, through regular and emergency distributions, local pantries and community programs. The food bank works with 225 partner agencies.

“Families with school-aged children are still the group that has been the most important factor in visiting pantries during this pandemic. And so we still see some of it. They haven’t gotten out of it yet, ”Sizemore said. “But things have gotten a little calmer now that the stimulus check, the third one, is out, the kids for the most part are back to school.”

Sizemore said while the need for emergency food has diminished a bit at the moment, it usually increases again in the summer when children are out of school.

More than half of the people served by Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland must choose between paying for utilities and buying food.

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Protesters rally again at the State Capitol Sat, 02 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000

On the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol, Lee Watts ordered a tight crowd: take off your masks.

Few spectators had chosen to wear one. But as Watts launched a rally against Kentucky’s coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, he called on outliers to remove any coating from their noses and mouths.

“Sunshine destroys virus,” Watts said, through federal study on effects of sunlight is still under review. “So one of the healthiest things you can do today is go out here in the sun.”

Carrying American and Confederate flags, around 1,000 protesters gathered at the rally in Frankfurt, where they denounced Governor Andy Beshear’s “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional” response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speakers at the event – including four state officials and a state senator, all Republicans – criticized the governor for harming workers and businesses by refusing to immediately reopen the economy.

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About 1,000 people took part in a rally on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfurt to protest the restrictions placed on the state's citizens during the pandemic.

Beshear a introduced phase 1 of its plan, which calls on some companies to resume operations on May 11.

But protesters said the Kentucky coronavirus outbreak had not justified the extended closures of local businesses and public gathering places.

“I have said for many weeks that most businesses and many medical service providers here in the Commonwealth could have met the guidelines recommended by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and stayed open from day one,” Harrodsburg Rep. Kim King said.