Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland recently received a $5,000 grant from The TJX Foundation. The TJX Foundation is a part of the TJX Companies Inc., the parent company of stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and other off-price retailers. The $5,000 grant will be used to support our Mobile Food Pantry Program, a program that distributes fresh Kentucky produce to those in need across our 42 counties in central, south central, and western Kentucky.
This fresh produce is aquired through the Farms to Food Banks Program, a program established by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and funded through the Kentucky State Government. Thanks to the Farms to Food Banks Program, seconds and culls that Kentucky farmers would typically plow under or throw away are purchased by the KAFB and distributed to the seven member food banks, including FAKH, across the state. Those member food banks then distribute the prodocue to those in need. This valuable program allows those who struggle with hunger to not only have food on their table, but nutritious and wholesome foods that they might not otherwise have access to.
So far this year, we have distributed over 550,000 pounds of food from the Farms to Food Banks Program. Some of the produce items we have been able to distribute so far include tomatoes, corn, cataloupe, watermelon, and eggplant. If you would like more information about this program, or would like to make a donation to help support these fresh produce distributions, please visit our "Donate Now" page on our website or contact our office at 270-735-1407.