Kentucky Proud

Division of Food Distribution

Food Distribution
The Division of Food Distribution contributes to the nutritional well being of the citizens of Kentucky by distributing USDA commodities to eligible recipient agencies. Food Distribution administers four food programs for USDA.

Child Nutrition Commodity Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is coordinated through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Distribution.

There are currently 195 Board Offices and 1388 school sites participating in the NSLP, serving students over 150 million nutritious meals annually in the state of Kentucky!

Kentucky received $25,677,369 in Federal Entitlement funds for SY 2016-17 to fund the NSLP, which purchased 17,410,212 pounds of USDA Donated Food products. $3,856,455 of the total grant allocation sent to the school districts that choose to participate in the Department of Defense (DOD) program to purchase Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, leaving $21,820,914 for the purchase of USDA Donated Foods. Each district receives a portion of these funds based on their Average Daily Participation (ADP) for their school lunch program, at a meal rate of .3350 per student per day!

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a program administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for Kentucky residents. The program supplements the diets of participates by providing generous monthly packages of food carefully selected to provide broad nutritious food for a well balanced diet, as well as nutritional education and information to enable our clients to enjoy healthier eating habits and healthier lives. Over $5.5 million of food is made available to approximately 23,800 senior citizens at 110 locations across the state.

Emergency Feeding Assistance Program

Emergency Feeding Assistance Program (EFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with healthful foods at no cost. Under EFAP, commodity foods are made available to local agencies for distribution to needy households for use in preparing meals for home consumption, or to organizations that prepare and provide meals for the needy. Recipients of food for home use must meet program eligibility criteria set by the State. Over $3.6 million of food is made available to five food banks, which contract with Food Pantries to distribute food to needy household for preparing meals for home consumption or to organizations that prepare and provide meals to the needy.

Farm to School

We at KDA are committed to our farmers and our communities. Our goal is to bring together the freshness and high quality of our Kentucky Proud products and schools. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the youth of Kentucky and feels by supporting the Farm to School program it will allow kids to grow into healthier adults who are educated about local food production and who demand local products.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The purpose of the Kentucky Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SrFMNP) is to gain market access for farmers as well as improving nutrition of low income families by providing them better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Funding for Kentucky's program comes from federal and state resources. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) serves as the lead agency for Senior FMNP. The low-income seniors are provided with $28 in checks to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs at State-approved farmers' markets. The Senior FMNP provides an additional est. $250,000 to Kentucky farmers each year.


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