Kentucky Harvest was founded in 1987 because food was going to waste that could be rescued and served to people that desperately need it. Kentucky Harvest rescues both perishable and non-perishable food and delivers it to those in need.
Kentucky Harvest has one program and its called People Helping People. We rescue leftover and surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, companies, schools and food drives and then deliver it to homeless shelters, addiction recovery centers, children’s centers, churches, food pantries and other organizations where it is needed. This is food that would otherwise go to waste. We fill a gap in the community because unlike a food pantry, we get perishable food to people who are hungry in our area – that same day!
In 2021, we rescued over 2.6 million pounds of food and delivered it to 87 recipient organizations saving them over $4.4 million in estimated food costs so they can focus on programs that help make our community stronger. This food resulted in nearly 2.2 million meals for people in our communities who needed them. That’s over 6,000 meals per day!