Program Overview

How Farms to Food Banks Works

Click here for a program flier. Click here for the 2017 crops list.

Click here for the 2017 Participant Agreement form.

Click here to read our Farmer Spotlights.

Pricing:

The 2017 prices will vary depending on weekly market conditions and will be determined as approximately 95% of the Kentucky produce auction market prices for US No. 2s as reported on the University of Kentucky’s website: (http://www.uky.edu/ccd/pricereports/KYPA). Prices are to include cost of packaging and delivery unless other arrangements have been made.

Click here to see the 2017 crops/price list planning document.

Eligibility/Enrollment:

Any Kentucky farmer who grows the 28 crops included in the program may participate. To sign up, please fill out a 2017 Participant Agreement form and return via US mail to PO Box 1824 Berea KY 40403, via fax to 606-764-1201 or via email to Produce@kafb.org.

Delivery:

Kentucky farmers can make direct sales to the Association and will be responsible for delivering the produce to the closest food bank warehouse. Click here for information about the main regional food bank warehouse sites and click here for a map of which regional food bank serves each county. Deliveries to local food distribution agencies may be arranged on a case-by-case basis; contact us at info@kafb.org to inquire about local deliveries.

Farmers are to prepare a detailed invoice including their full name and address, type of produce purchased, unit, price per unit and total due. Click here for a sample invoice.

We are also happy to work with produce auctions, cooperatives and farmers markets. The auction/cooperative/market managers arrange for the purchase of Kentucky-grown produce from Kentucky farmers and oversee its delivery to food banks.

Payment processing:

Food bank warehouse staff will forward the invoice provided by the farmer with the delivery to the Association. The Association will process payment to the farmer within 2 weeks.

Click here to watch ABC 36′s feature story on Farms to Food Banks.

Click here to see a video about the program.

Impact

Since 2011 over 11 million pounds of fresh produce from over 800 farmers in 85 counties has been distributed to hungry Kentuckians in all 120 counties.

Click here to see the Impact Report summary for 2016.

Benefits to consumers 2016: hungry Kentuckians in all 120 counties benefited from increased access to 28 types of fresh produce. All seven of our member food banks and 520 of their partner agencies received produce for distribution. Enough produce was distributed to fill half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for 5,184,300 meals.

Benefits to Kentucky farmers 2016:  385 Kentucky farmers from 67 counties participated in 2016. These producers benefitted from increased cash flow and reduced losses through a new market for surplus and Number 2-grade produce. The average amount paid to producers was $2,000.00; twelve farm families received $10,000 or more.

Benefits to Kentucky’s food system 2016:   The amount of wasted food in Kentucky was reduced. In 2016, we distributed 3,110,600 pounds of fresh produce that otherwise likely would have been plowed under because of a lack of a market for it. Less than 1% of the produce was lost to spoilage before distribution, which demonstrates the efficiency of the food bank distribution system.

Background

The Farms to Food Banks program was developed by KAFB member God’s Pantry Food Bank and implemented in its eastern Kentucky service area in 2009 and 2010. KAFB has been implementing the program statewide since 2011. Since 2011, over 11 million pounds of fresh produce from over 800 farmers in 85 counties has been distributed to hungry Kentuckians in all 120 counties.

To learn more, contact us.