An Eastern Kentucky farmer’s market has become the first in the state to be designated a “Summer Feeding Site” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As part of a joint effort led by the Community Farm Alliance, the program will provide farm-to-table meals free of charge to children under the age of 18 during summer break.
The program also aims to shore up business among local farmers by providing them with a steady source of income, and to improve community health.
According to U.S. Census data, about a quarter of Letcher County’s 23,600 residents live below the federal poverty line.
The CFA will celebrate the announcement July 26.