Year-long research data provides snapshot of Louisville’s food insecurity and access

By Andrea Watts, Building Kentucky

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 Louisville residents live in a food desert? Food insecurity has not returned to pre-pandemic levels and rising costs have made it more difficult to afford food. September is national Hunger Action Month, raising awareness of the hunger crisis and encouraging action.

Earlier this month, Dare to Care and the Greater Louisville Project hosted a data release event and panel discussion that built on several initiatives Dare to Care has recently launched, including community-wide food distributions, partnerships with key partners like Kroger, Omni, Racing Lou and LouCity and numerous volunteer opportunities. Watch the full webinar here.

Vincent James, Dare to Care’s president and chief executive officer, shared how his organization is walking the walk by supporting its workers with a livable wage based on its values and research.

“One of the things we wanted to do was to make sure that everyone on our team was paid a living wage, so that they would not be standing in the same lines that are serving our communities,” James said. “We were able to do that as the board unanimously voted to make that change. We’re incredibly excited to have a supportive board, a community, and partners like the Greater Louisville Project.”

Dare to Care Food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community, feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. In the past year, Dare to Care has distributed more than 19 million meals in eight Kentucky counties and five Indiana counties. Dare to Care invites the public to support its mission year-round by donating, volunteering and staying connected to the organization through social media. To learn more about Dare to Care and its work in the community, visit

The Greater Louisville Project is an independent, non-partisan civic initiative providing data to engage the community in a shared agenda for long-term progress. To learn more visit

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