Join us at Bham Now’s Speaker Series tonight with David Sher and support United Way

Join us tonight, April 13th, 5:30-7:30 at Avondale Brewing Company for the fourth installment of the Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series with David Sher, publisher of the popular blog

As part of the speaker series, Bham Now will be honoring  United Way of Central Alabama, Sher’s charity of choice, at the event. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to The United Way.

We are continuously amazed at the incredible work and positive impact the United Way has on our community. This week, the United Way sent Bham Now a news release about the 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.

This is the kind of work that “unites” our community.

Check out the United Way’s news release below and support the largest Food Drive in the state on May 13th event.

And join Bham Now tonight to see David Sher at Avondale Brewery, benefiting United Way.

Photo by – Pat Byington

From the United Way of Central Alabama:

State’s Largest Food Drive – May 13th

Just when the food bank stock is low, and the summer demand is approaching, National Association of Letter Carriers is joining United Way of Central Alabama and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama for the 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The simplicity and efficiency of the drive are what make it the largest in Alabama.  It comes at a time when most food banks have depleted donations through end-of-year holiday food distributions.

Residents are encouraged to place food items in a plastic bag and leave them in their mailbox.  Mail carriers will pick up your food donations on Saturday, May 13, the day before Mother’s Day. Residents can also drop off food donations at their local post office.

The Community Food Bank recommends you donate non-perishable canned goods and boxed items. The most needed items include canned meats, fruits, vegetables (low sodium) and soups.  Dry goods such as cereal and pasta are also welcome.

“Many people across the state struggle with hunger every day. Letter carriers see many of these folks along our routes each day,” said NALC Alabama state president Antonia Shields. “This food drive can help us meet the needs of the communities where we see the needs first-hand.”

Many Alabamians live from one day to the next uncertain where their next meal will come from. About 19.2 percent of Alabama’s population are food insecure, which equates to more than 900,000 people – a statistic that helps reinforce the need for essential events like the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Last year residents donated approximately 161,000 pounds of food during this community-wide food drive. This year the goal is 200,000 pounds.

“We see the need spike when schools close for summer and children no longer have access free school meals,” said Community Food Bank executive director Kathryn Strickland. “We so appreciate the community rallying to replenish our food supplies right before the summer months.”

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. We accomplish this mission by supplying 10 million meals a year to 230 food pantries, shelters and children’s programs in 12 counties of Central Alabama.

Each year United Way partners with the NALC and Community Food Bank of Central Alabama as indispensable partners in our broader mission to create real and lasting change in Central Alabama.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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