KY food bank organization buying unused produce

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - The Kentucky Association of Food Banks has launched a program to increase access to fresh produce among people in low-income households.

The organization is buying surplus fruits and vegetables and produce not sold on the retail market because of minor blemishes or size discrepancies. The food is then distributed at no cost to people in need in Kentucky.

The association is using a $163,000 grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and matching funds from the Walmart Foundation.

The food is purchased directly from farmers and through produce auctions and includes 23 kinds of Kentucky-grown produce. The association plans to distribute more than 400,000 pounds of produce purchased from at least 150 different farmers this growing season.

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