At Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, we have a wide variety of programs that offer assistance to those in need. For more information on any of these programs, call 270-769-6997.
Donated Food/Grocery Distribution
Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland 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
Our food bank receives 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. We, or our partner agencies, pick-up and distribute these food items several times each week.
Mobile Food Pantry
Our Mobile Food Pantry delivers fresh foods and other items for direct distribution to underserved regions of our service area.
We purchase large quantities of food at a discounted price and distribute them to partner agencies, who then distribute them to those in their area who are in need.
Government Commodity Distribution
We distribute government commodity foods to low-income families and seniors through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
Our BackPack Program, started in 2006, provides over 5,000 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 12-15 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 has spread to 34 of the 42 Kentucky counties we serve.
We partner 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.