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Kentucky food banks were treated to a ‘sweet’ donation

Candy maker Perfetti Van Melle is donating more than 54,000 pounds of candy to food banks across Kentucky, including God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown, and the Food Development District Food Bank in the area from northern Kentucky to Independence.

“Through our Kentucky Hunger Initiative, we primarily highlight donations of fresh Kentucky farm produce for our food-insecure families,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “But being able to bring a ‘sweet’ surprise is also gratifying.”

Although the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Hunger Initiative is recognized as a year-round project, it is especially relevant during this month, as September is Hunger Action Month. .

“This donation reminds us that food banks, which often focus on providing fresh, nutrient-dense food, can sometimes add an element of surprise to their offerings and bring a smile to those who need it most,” said Quarles.

Although the confectionery company is headquartered in Italy and the Netherlands, US operations are based in Erlanger, Kentucky.

“Being based in Kentucky, we are honored to once again partner with the Kentucky Hunger Initiative,” said Sylvia Buxton, President and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America. “And donate our products to help local food banks provide some of those smiles as well as much-needed staples.”

Quarles started the KDA Hunger Relief Initiative in 2016 to bring together farmers, charities, faith groups, community leaders, and government entities to reduce hunger in Kentucky.

“The Food Bank appreciates our partnership with Perfetti in helping us alleviate hunger by working together to feed Kentucky communities,” said Danielle Bozarth, Vice President Mission Delivery at God’s Pantry Food Bank.