At Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, we have a wide variety of food programs to offer assistance to those in need. For more information on any of these programs, call 270-769-6997.
Donated Food/Grocery Distribution
FAKH receives donations of food and grocery items from multiple sources – including food production facilities, farmers, and grocery stores – and distributes them through a network of more than 225 partner agencies in our 42 county service area.
Retail Store Pick Up
FAKH picks up perishables and shelf-stable products from Kroger, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Food Lion, and other grocery stores across our 42 county service area. These products do not meet the required standards for retail sale, but are still safe for distribution and consumption. Our drivers pick up these food items each week, bring back to our main warehouse in Elizabethtown, and from there, they are distributed to our partner agencies.
Mobile Food Pantry
Our Mobile Food Pantry delivers fresh foods and other items for direct distribution to underserved regions of our service area.
FAKH purchases large quantities of food at a discounted price and distributes the food to partner agencies, which then distribute to those in their area who are in need.
Government Commodity Distribution
FAKH distributes government commodity foods to low-income families and seniors through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). To receive food through the CSFP on a monthly basis, the person must be 60 years or older and meet income guidelines. Currently, the CSFP program serves over 8,300 seniors per month in our service area.
Our BackPack Program, started in 2006, provides over 5,500 children with food items to eat on weekends when school food isn’t available. Teachers and family resource coordinators identify children in need, and a bag of 12-14 easy-to-prepare food items is placed discreetly in the child’s backpack at the end of each week. The BackPack program began in Hardin County and now is available in 34 of the 42 Kentucky counties we serve.
FAKH partners with disaster relief agencies such as American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and local and state emergency services offices to provide emergency food in times of disaster.