KAFB is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to end hunger in Kentucky. Our mission is to end hunger, in collaboration with Kentucky’s Feeding America Food Banks and partners, through advocacy and resource development.
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 76.6 million pounds of food and grocery products — enough for 64 million 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.
2018: $1.0M for Farms to Food Banks included in the biennial state budget. Senate Resolution 218 directs state agencies to conduct food waste analyses and identify ways to increase donations to food banks.