PO BOX 1824
BEREA KY 40403-3824
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 1824
BEREA , KY 40403 3824
Phone (859) 986-7422
Fax 606 764-1201
Contact Name Tamara Sandberg
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2002
Former Names
Kentucky Association of Second Harvest Food Banks
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations may also be made by sending a check to PO Box 1824, Berea KY 40403. Many volunteer opportunities are available with our members including gleaning farm products from fields, sorting donated food in warehouses, or providing office assistance.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The mission of Kentucky Association of Food Banks is to increase the capacity of Kentucky’s Feeding America food banks to end hunger through advocacy, increased public awareness and resource development.
Background Statement Recognizing the crucial role collaboration could play in the fight to end hunger in Kentucky, representatives of all seven Feeding America food banks in the state met and formed the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) in 2001. By 2011, KAFB was able to establish an office and hire a full-time Executive Director. Since that time, KAFB has increased its funding, staff, and volunteer base and successfully implemented numerous programs in fulfillment of its mission and values. 
Impact Statement KAFB is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to end hunger in Kentucky. KAFB's 7 member food banks serve all 120 Kentucky counties in partnership with a network of over 800 local food pantries and shelters. Last year, our members distributed 69.9 million pounds of food and grocery products-enough for 58,000,000 meals for our struggling neighbors. We reach an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians each year. 
Needs Statement Financial support for programs is the organization's most pressing need. Donations for the Farms to Food Banks program allow us to reimburse farmers' costs of picking, packing and transporting unmarketable produce to food banks. $700,000 is needed each year for this purpose. Donations for the No Kid Hungry KY campaign allow us to promote access to federal nutrition programs among Kentucky's children. $40,000 in matching funds are required for the program each year. Donations of office equipment are needed as the capacity of our organization expands in order to keep overhead costs down. Volunteers are needed to pick produce at the end of each growing season. Volunteers are also needed to serve on our board committees such as Finance, Public Relations, and Advocacy committees.
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is Kentucky's largest charitable response to hunger. Our organization distributes food and grocery products to 1 in 7 Kentuckians each year and our reach extends to all 120 counties in the Commonwealth. We work to provide additional resources to Kentucky's food bank network, such as food donations from Kentucky's commodity groups. We also work to increase public awareness of the causes of and solutions to hunger in Kentucky, including legislative solutions to hunger. Our organization has taken the lead on enactment of a number of state laws that have impacted hunger, including a tax credit for agricultural donations to food banks and enhanced immunity from liability for donors of food to food banks. We provide a unified voice for hunger relief in Kentucky, and we believe that together we can solve hunger. 
Geographic Areas Served
The Kentucky Association of Food Banks serves all 120 counties in Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is working to end hunger in Kentucky for the 1 in 6 Kentuckians who struggle with food insecurity. Our three-year strategic plan includes the goals of increasing the quality and quantity of food distributed by food banks in Kentucky; specifically, 9 million pounds of fresh local produce distributed through the Farms to Food Banks program and increasing the number of meals served through the federal nutrition program by 30 percent. Building relationships with public and private organizations to achieve greater impact is crucial to meeting the goal of increased food distribution; our aim for the 3-year plan is to develop at least 3 new state partnerships, such as with the Kentucky Poultry Federation and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Finally, increasing public awareness of the causes of and solutions to hunger, including legislative solutions to hunger, are crucial organizational goals. We intend to secure 1000 mentions in print and electronic media and to increase our website and social media presence by 25%. We plan to sponsor and work to enact at least 3 pieces of state legislation that will help solve hunger in Kentucky.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
  • Increase the quality, variety and nutritional value of food available to feed hungry people in Kentucky. 
  • Mobilize the public to join the fight to end hunger by increasing awareness of the causes and solutions to hunger. 
  • Advocate for food security through sound public policy and legislative solutions to hunger. 
  • Strengthen the coordinate hunger relief response to disasters. 
  • Build alliances and partnerships that impact hunger relief in Kentucky. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? KAFB is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to end hunger in Kentucky. KAFB's 7 member food banks serve all 120 Kentucky counties in partnership with over 800 local food pantries and shelters. Last year, our members distributed 69.6 million pounds of food and grocery products--enough for 58,000,000 meals to our struggling neighbors. We reach an estimated 1 in 7 Kentuckians each year. Our staff includes three full-time members with a combined 50 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Our board consists of the CEOs of Kentucky's 7 regional Feeding America food banks, who bring a wealth of experience in knowledge about the emergency food distribution system. Partnerships have been forged with key groups such as the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Community Farm Alliance.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
  • Pounds of food distributed.
  • % of food distributed with optimal nutritional value.
  • Number of media mentions.
  • Website hits and social media counts.
  • Pieces of legislation enacted or harmful legislation blocked.
  • Number of partnerships formed. 
  • Increase in resources for food banks as a result of partnerships.
Progress toward strategic goals is monitored quarterly through an organizational impact dashboard discussed at meetings of the board of directors. Annual goals for each indicator are set by the board of directors and progress made toward goals is measured quarterly. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We are halfway through our current three-year strategic plan and have made significant progress toward meeting the goals described above. Over the past two years over 5.7 million pounds of fresh local produce has been distributed to hungry Kentuckians in all 120 counties through the Farms to Food Banks program. The number of summer meals sites in 2016 increased by 30%; the number of meals increased by 15%; and the number of sponsors increased by 8%. State funding for food banks was secured in 2016 and a new law was enacted in 2017 that establishes enhanced immunity from liability for donors to food banks. New partnerships were formed with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Office of the Attorney General that have resulted in increased food and funds resources for food banks. We have learned that strong partnerships are key to achieving impact on hunger in Kentucky. A key risk to progress includes myths about who struggles with hunger and why; outside voices have been key to overcoming this barrier to ending hunger.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kurt Reiber
Company Affiliation Freestore Foodbank
Term Aug 2015 to July 2017
Board Members
Mr. Brad DavisPurchase Area Development DistrictVoting
Mr. Michael HalliganGod's Pantry Food BankVoting
Ms. Cynthia KirkhartFacing Hunger FoodbankVoting
Mr. Gary MilesFeeding America Kentucky's HeartlandVoting
Mr. Kurt ReiberFreestore FoodbankVoting
Mr. Brian RiendeauDare to Care Food BankVoting
Mr. Glenn RobertsTri-State Food BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 99
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 33%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Brian Riendeau
Company Affiliation Dare to Dare Food Bank
Term Aug 2015 to July 2017
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Tamara Sandberg
Term Start Mar 2011

Tamara Sandberg has served as executive director since 2011. She has been volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens since high school and has worked in the nonprofit realm for over two decades. Tamara has a master’s of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Wyoming.

Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 1
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Description Farms to Food Banks provides fresh, healthy produce to Kentuckians in need while reducing losses for farmers. We pay just below wholesale prices for Kentucky-grown surplus and Number 2 grade produce (perfectly edible but not saleable on the retail market) and distribute it at no cost to struggling Kentuckians through the food bank network.
Description The No Kid Hungry KY campaign is working to address the complex issue of childhood hunger through a statewide cross-sector collaborative that identifies barriers and opportunities to increase access to federal nutrition programs among Kentucky’s children. The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is proud to be leading this effort with support from Share Our Strength.
Program Comments
CEO Comments A challenge facing the Kentucky Association of Food Banks is the negative perception and stereotypes about who is hungry in Kentucky and why. To address this challenge, our organization works hard to increase awareness of facts related to hunger and solutions to it. Partnerships and nonpartisan support from elected officials will continue to be crucial as we address this barrier to solving hunger in Kentucky. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2011
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $866,902.00
Projected Expenses $868,446.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$628,523$650,256$641,443
Individual Contributions$396,561$198,790$149,711
Investment Income, Net of Losses$351$360$182
Membership Dues$50,052$50,052$50,052
Special Events--$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$7,864$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,008,153$823,699$675,178
Administration Expense$14,859$9,698$5,122
Fundraising Expense$12,364$19,307$19,906
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.061.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%97%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$327,770$279,795$228,001
Current Assets$327,770$279,795$228,001
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities--$0$0
Total Net Assets$327,770$279,795$228,001
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO BOX 1824
BEREA , KY 404033824
Primary Phone 859 986-7422
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Tamara Sandberg
Board Chair Mr. Kurt Reiber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Freestore Foodbank