Farms to Food Banks Program Overview

Providing fresh produce is a key part of our commitment to fighting hunger in Kentucky.  91% of households served by our members purchase unhealthy but inexpensive food as a coping strategy to keep food on the table.  It should come as no surprise, then, that many are also struggling with chronic health issues such as diabetes (41%) and high blood pressure (65%). The Farms to Food Banks program allows us to distribute a wide variety of nutritious local food to our neighbors at risk of hunger.

Farms to Food Banks funds are used to help farmers recoup losses for produce that would otherwise not be sold because of cosmetic imperfections or overproduction. The produce is distributed to hungry Kentuckians throughout the state through the Feeding Kentucky network. This is fresh, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste.

Background

The Farms to Food Banks program was developed by Feeding Kentucky member God’s Pantry Food Bank and implemented in its Eastern Kentucky service area in 2009 and 2010. Feeding Kentucky has implemented the program statewide since 2011. Since 2011, over 11 million pounds of fresh produce from over 800 farmers in 85 counties have been distributed to hungry Kentuckians in all 120 counties.

Program Introduction for Farmers

Eligibility/Enrollment:

Any Kentucky farmer who grows the 28 crops included in the program may participate. To sign up, please fill out a 2019 Participant Agreement form and return via US mail to PO Box 1824 Berea KY 40403, via fax to 606-764-1201.

If you live in Eastern Kentucky would like to participate in our Appalachian Expansion Project, please click the button below to submit an application. Applications for this project are due by Friday, April 5th, 2019.

Apply Here

Delivery:

Kentucky farmers can make direct sales to Feeding Kentucky and will be responsible for delivering the produce to the closest food bank warehouse. Deliveries to local food distribution agencies may be arranged on a case-by-case basis; contact us to inquire about local deliveries.

Deliveries must be pre-approved via a purchase order. Farmers contact Feeding Kentucky (produce@feedingky.org or 859-986-722) with produce offers. Feeding Kentucky will issue a purchase order to the farmer and cc the receiving food bank.

Farmers are to include with each pre-approved delivery a detailed invoice including their full name and address, type of produce delivered, unit, price per unit and total due.

We also work with produce auctions, cooperatives, and farmers markets using the same purchase order system. The auction/cooperative/market managers arrange for the purchase of Kentucky-grown produce from Kentucky farmers and oversee its delivery to food banks.

Pricing:

The 2019 prices for fresh produce will vary depending on monthly market conditions and will be determined as approximately 95% of Kentucky produce auction market prices for U.S. No. 2s as reported on the University of Kentucky’s website: (http://www.uky.edu/ccd/pricereports/KYPA). Prices are to include the cost of packaging and delivery unless other arrangements have been made.

View our Crops List 2019 to see our average price paid over the last 3 years.

Pricing for eggs: 

Contact us for current egg prices.

Payment Processing:

Foodbank warehouse staff will forward the invoice provided by the farmer with the delivery to Feeding Kentucky where we will then process payment to the farmer within 2 weeks.

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Sustainable Harvest Farm

108 Pistol Creek Road
​London, KY 40741

Tax Check-Off

You can feel good while doing your taxes! Donate a portion of your tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund was established to award grants to nonprofit organizations for purchasing surplus agricultural commodities and distributing it to hungry Kentuckians.

Donations to the Trust Fund can also be made by sending a check payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer, c/o the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at 111 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Tax Credit

Thanks to legislation enacted in 2013, Kentucky farmers had been eligible to receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of the value of edible agricultural products donated to food banks. Unfortunately, the tax credit sun-setted in taxable year 2017. Re-establishing the tax credit is a goal of Feeding Kentucky and partners.

Click here to see the food donation tax credit form.

Click here to see a TV Public Service Announcement and click here for a radio PSA from Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

Farmers were to ask the food bank to sign Schedule FD to certify that the charitable organization is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, certify that it operates a surplus food collection and distribution program as defined in KRS 141.392(1)(c), and certify that the information included in the schedule is true, correct and complete.

KRS 141.392(3)(b) provides that a donor shall determine the value of the donated edible agriculture products as follows:

(i) if there was a previous sale of the edible agriculture products to a buyer, the donor shall retain a copy of an invoice or other statement identifying the price received by the donor for the edible agriculture products of comparable grade and quality; or
(ii) If there is no previous sale to a buyer, the donor shall on the date of the donation, determine the value of the donated edible agriculture products based on the fair market value as determined by average weekly regional produce auction prices or United States Department of Agriculture prices for meat, fish and dairy products.

Contact us to learn more.