Breaking Beans Radio Show #33: Farm to Food Banks and Beyond

Aired: April 1, 2020

The Farms to Food Banks program pays Kentucky farmers for their seconds produce and works to distribute those products to food banks and pantries around Kentucky.  God’s Pantry Food Bank piloted the program in 2009, then two years later Feeding Kentucky has implemented the program distributing over 11 million pounds of fresh produce from over 800 farmers in 85 counties to  Kentuckians in all 120 counties. In this hour we explore how the program impacts farmers, food banks, and their clients.


Folks we heard from this hour:

Sarah Vaughn of Feeding Kentucky

Scotty Lee of Lee’s Garden Center of Hodgenville. KY

Ted Johnson of Southfork Farm in Booneville, KY

Andy Brunsman Executive Director of Be Concerned in Covington KY

Renee Bryant Executive Director of Fern Creek and Highview United Ministries

Brenda Russell Executive Director of Gods Food Pantry in Somerset, KY



Be Concerned People’s Pantry

Fern Creek Highview Unity

Feeding Kentucky Farms to Food Banks

Lee’s Garden Center 

Cedar Valley Farms 

God’s Food Pantry 


The Breaking Beans Variety Radio Show airs on 88.7 WMMT (online too!) the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Additionally, the show airs on WLXU 93.9 every other Wednesday at 10am. 

Hosted by Breaking Beans Fellow Shelby Wheeler

Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Farm and Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell the story of how local food and farming in Eastern Kentucky can contribute to a bright future in the mountains. Eastern Kentucky is at the point where it can foster a food system that is equitable and accessible to all, provides fresh nutritious food, and serves as an economic generator that builds community wealth. With a rich history of food and farming, stories of how Eastern Kentucky is already growing in that direction – and the challenges along the way – are important for informing people and policy alike.