Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is receiving less food from the USDA—here’s how you can help

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Every person deserves to eat. (Community Food Bank of Central Alabama)

Over the past few years, the USDA has been giving less food to food banks around the nation. Unfortunately, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is one of those affected by this. Read more to find out how you can help our local food bank.

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama

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Volunteering is a great way to help. (Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Facebook)

ThThe Community Food Bank of Central Alabama supplies millions of meals per year to over 260 Partner Agencies, including local food pantries, shelters and children’s programs in 12 counties across central Alabama. Their mission is to ensure people in need can have access to emergency food.

BONUS: A recent grant from Publix Supermarket Charities gave Community Food Bank of Central Alabama $65,000, which will specifically help fund a new refrigeration area so they can expand their storage capacity and feed more people. 

Distribution issue

Did you know that the Community Food Bank received more than 50 percent of its food from the USDA in 2020? And in 2021, WBRC says the food bank only received 38 percent of its donations from the USDA.

Not only has the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama seen a decrease in food donations from the USDA, but they are struggling to find staff while dealing with inflation and supply chain issues as well.

Currently, the food bank is in need of drivers for their 26 ft box trucks. The lack of staff makes it difficult to distribute what food they have.

How you can help

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Every helping hand matters. (Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Facebook)

Most of the food bank donations come from private donors like grocery stores, but public donations from people like you are still encouraged and appreciated. If you’re interested in donating, you can give items such as peanut butter, rice, beans, canned vegetables and more.

Check out some of the other ways you can help:

Will you be donating to the food bank? Share your experience with us @BhamNow.

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