Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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THE SPREAD 130 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 percent of residents — including one in five school-aged kids — are food insecure, or lacking consistent access to affordable, nutritious food. About 34 percent of those individuals are people who don't qualify for food stamps or other meal-assistance programs. e households are likely work- ing, perhaps patching together paychecks or unable or unwilling to trek to food pantries and shelters to ensure a meal. Every morning, Kentucky Harvest dials up Franciscan Kitchen with a list of places where food awaits pick- up. On a recent Friday, Red omas arrives at the KFC in Hikes Point under a sunny, chilly October sky. He bangs on a back door. An aproned employee opens, handing omas a gray tub of frozen chicken. "Beautiful morning, my friend!" omas says, before thanking him and depositing the chicken into the van next to a box of doughnuts from Nord's and three Papa John's pizzas. omas says that at a different KFC location, he saw a worker dumping uneaten food. "I was like, 'No, no, no, don't do that,'" omas recalls. "A lot of people don't donate food because they are afraid people will get sick." Last year, Kentucky passed a law that protects farmers, groceries and other entities from lawsuits that might arise if someone gets sick from eating donated food. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that also guards anyone donating excess from litigation. Folks from both Wayside and Franciscan Kitchen say that, in all their years of operation, nobody has ever suffered food poisoning from the meals they serve. Still, food winds up trashed, especially after banquet-type events. Health codes indicate that food can only stay out for a few hours; by the time somebody could pick up any- thing extra, that window has likely closed. The Franciscan Kitchen

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