KAFB is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to end hunger in Kentucky. KAFB’s seven member food banks serve all 120 Kentucky counties in partnership with a network of over 800 local food pantries and shelters. Last year our members distributed 75.8 million pounds of food and grocery products — enough for 63,000,000 meals for our struggling neighbors. We reach an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians each year.
We are a Partner State Association of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. We were awarded the Nonprofit VOICE award in 2014, 2015 and 2018 by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network for our advocacy work. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture named us a Kentucky Proud Partner in Excellence in 2012.
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What We Do
- Increase the quality, variety and nutritional value of food available to feed hungry people in Kentucky.
- Mobilize the public to join the fight to end hunger by increasing awareness of the causes and solutions to hunger.
- Advocate for food security through sound public policy and legislative solutions to hunger.
- Strengthen the coordinated hunger relief response to disasters.
- Build alliances and partnerships that impact hunger relief in Kentucky.
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2001: Recognizing the crucial role collaboration could play in the fight to end hunger in Kentucky, representatives of all seven Feeding America food banks in Kentucky formed KAFB.
2002: KAFB received tax-exempt status as a public charity under section 501(c)3 of the tax code.
2002: First external funding received, a grant of $50,000 from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. Funds were used to purchase refrigerators and freezers for agencies to store food purchased by the Association.
2006: KAFB developed a statewide disaster backup plan.
2006, 2010 and 2014: KAFB members collaborated on a study of hunger in Kentucky.
2009: Legislation enacted to create a Farms to Food Banks program in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
2011: KAFB established an office and hired a full-time executive director in after receiving a grant from the Walmart Foundation for this purpose.
2011: With grant funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, KAFB implemented a state-wide pilot of the Farms to Food Banks program.
2012: Legislation enacted to add Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund to the Kentucky state income tax refund donation form.
2013: Legislation enacted to establish a tax credit for agricultural donations to food banks.
2014: $1.2M for Farms to Food Banks included in the biennial state budget.
2015: The No Kid Hungry KY – KY Kids Eat campaign was launched to fight childhood hunger.
2016: $1.2M for Farms to Food Banks included in the biennial state budget.
2017: Legislation enacted to establish the strongest enhanced food donor immunity law in the nation.