Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) serves 42 Kentucky counties through a network of 240 community partners such as food pantries, shelters, and nutrition programs. The food bank began responding to the tornadoes ripping through our area immediately following the storms. Staff and volunteers mobilized within hours of the storms’ passing to pack thousands of emergency food bags for emergency shelters and distributions. This storm impacts everyone: Most of our service area is rural, with a large number of people already living at or below the poverty line. But we also expect to serve a large number of people who have never asked for help before. Many tornado survivors need everything as they piece their lives back together. FAKH is working to open an additional temporary emergency warehouse facility to accommodate the massive supplies needed to help so many impacted by these tornadoes. A monetary gift is the most effective way to support FAKH and other food banks responding to this emergency. Updates will be shared here on our website and social media platforms: Instagram @feedingamericakentucky Facebook: @Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland Tik Tok: @feedingamericaky
Our Response as of February:
- Immediately delivered 1,627 transient food bags to emergency shelters.
- Distributed 7,222 emergency food boxes via Mobile Food Pantries.
- Secured and readied an alternate warehouse in Paducah that was operating within a week of the disaster.
- Expanded food distributions across our counties by increasing the food and supplies going out, as well as expanding operating hours.
- Received and distributed 70 tractor trailers worth of donated food from Amazon, Food Lion, HEB, and General Mills, as well as the Feeding America network and our sister food banks.
- Provided 1.5 million pounds of food to the tornado affected counties between December 10th and mid-February – including 649,636 pounds of donated food.
Our Ongoing Response:
- We are expanding our Backpack Program in counties affected, enabling increased child enrollment and additional food being sent home for school breaks.
- We extended $250,000 in purchasing credits to our partnering agencies – church pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters – for food and delivery costs, and will be issuing more in the coming months.
- We are providing additional food support to counties surrounding the affected areas, as many people affected by the storms have been pushed into other communities due to lack of housing.
- We are regranting funds to our partner agencies to cover the cost of rebuilding facilities, and repairing or replacing equipment that was damaged.
- We are adding new programs to address tornado victim’s needs.
Many people who have never asked for help in their lives are now seeking assistance in getting food for their families. And you can make that happen