Apples, broccoli, cucumbers, okra, sweet potatoes, watermelon, and 19 other types of fresh produce are being made available for hungry Kentuckians through the Farms to Food Banks program. Any Kentucky farmer who grows one of the 25 crops included in the program may participate by selling their surplus and Number 2-grade produce to Kentucky food banks, including God’s Pantry Food Bank. This produce is then distributed to the nearly 54,000 hungry Kentuckians that receive food from our food banks each week. 91% of these families are typically choosing inexpensive, unhealthy options to feed their families. The Farms to Food Banks program is changing the way Kentuckians feed their families.
In 2014, 120 counties benefited from this program, providing enough product to add fruits and vegetables to 4,751,463 plates. Hungry Kentuckians are being given healthy, fresh choices to provide for their family. Almost 400 different agencies provided produce from this program.
Hungry Kentuckians aren’t the only ones benefiting from this program. Kentucky farmers from 66 counties received an increase in cash flow and reduced loss through this new market for their surplus and Number 2-grade produce. Farmers are responsible for delivering the produce to the closest food bank warehouse, where the food bank will forward the invoice to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, which will process their payment. Over 3,000,000 pounds of fresh, healthy Kentucky-grown produce was distributed in 2014.
To find out more about this program, visit the Kentucky Association of Food Banks website, www.kafb.org.
Join the fight against hunger today by donating to God’s Pantry Food Bank.