Through the Farms to Food Banks program, we purchase produce that would typically be plowed under at the end of the growing season, even though it is fresh and edible, because of a lack of market for it. Our intent is to pay fair prices that help farmers recoup losses while diverting what would have been wasted food to struggling Kentuckians. The produce is distributed free-of-charge through the food bank network.
Kentucky’s cattle ranchers and stockyards have teamed up with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to fight hunger, one nutritious beef serving at a time. The Kentucky Beef Counts program was established and endorsed by the Kentucky Beef Council to provide a consistent supply of nutrient-rich beef for people facing hunger in Kentucky. Participating farmers donate proceeds from the sale of beef animals to the Beef Counts program. Fifteen livestock markets across the state will forward proceeds from donated beef animals to the Beef Counts program.