Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland (FAKH) operates as a central clearing-house for collecting and distributing food and grocery products that might otherwise be wasted. The food bank solicits and receives both new and commercially excess but fully edible food from the food industry such as manufacturers, distributors, warehouse and storage operations, grocery chains, or from individual donors. It also benefits from being a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, which solicits food and grocery products in large quantities from national manufacturers and distributes these goods among nearly 210 regional food banks in the United States. The food is edible but cannot be sold at retail outlets for various reasons: over production, mislabeling, unattractive packaging, approaching shelf-life expiration, slow turnover or damaged packaging. In addition to foods provided by donors, the food bank also distributes commodities provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.