LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the University of Kentucky will become home to his department's first center assigned to tackle childhood hunger and nutrition problems in rural America.
Vilsack told a group on the university's campus Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $2.5 million in the new Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. It will include UK researchers as part of the team looking for new ways to combat child hunger.
As part of the initiative, grants will be distributed to rural areas plagued by high poverty rates in a number of states. About 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the U.S. are rural, according to USDA.
Vilsack said the center will look at what causes childhood hunger and poverty in rural America.