FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Local and state leaders recognized Hunger Free KY Day on Wednesday, a time to raise awareness about the hunger crisis in the Commonwealth and discuss ways to fix it.

Governor Andy Beshear spoke at the event. Beshear said more than 600 thousand Kentuckians rely on food banks to eat.

He said one in six Kentucky households deal with hunger daily and that Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation for food insecurity at more than 17%, which is above the national average.

Beshear said he’s proposing spending big money to provide more resources to fight and hopefully end the issue in Kentucky for good.

“I propose 36.2 million dollars over the next two and half years to provide 49 thousand additional meals per week, which would meet the needs of every Kentucky senior. This is our Commonwealth, these are our people, and let’s commit to none of them going hungry ever again,” said Beshear.

For food assistance or ways to get involved with ending the hunger crisis visit Home – Feeding Kentucky (