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The Food Bank of North Alabama

Food Bank N. Ala blog

Mission

We feed the hungry today and create solutions to end hunger tomorrow.

Who do you serve?

Eleven counties in north Alabama: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb and Cullman.

Location

Huntsville, Alabama

History

We started in 1984 with one volunteer and a truckload of potatoes donated by a local farmer. Since the grassroots of our early days, we have expanded to partner with Feeding America, the USDA and national corporate sponsors. With their help, we today supply over 7 million pounds of food to help alleviate the need of over 100,000 north Alabama residents. Our mission has also expanded beyond the scope of mere hunger relief. We now act as food policy advocates by supporting farmers’ market development, performing outreach to farmers’ markets in conjunction with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and helping Alabama farmers sell locally grown fruits and vegetables to local schools, hospitals, workplaces, cafeterias and grocers. Our vision is to foster thriving family farms, create greater access to healthy food choices across the community and strengthen our local food system so that no one goes hungry.

Proudest accomplishment

Despite massive power outages, we supplied emergency food and water within 24 hours after F5 tornadoes hit Alabama in 2011. In the wake of this devastating tragedy, we delivered an additional 2 million pounds of emergency supplies to those residents affected by the storms.

Greatest need

Investment in training and technology to improve both our supply chain logistics and grassroots organizing. Commitments of multi-year funding from donor partners in order to pursue systemic change within our regional food system.

Plans for the future

Our mission has evolved over time. Today, in addition to feeding the hungry, we also seek proactive solutions that go beyond charity and address hunger’s root causes. Central to our strategy is using local foods as a catalyst for economic development. Our future plans include the development of a local food hub that helps Alabama farmers sell locally grown fruits and vegetables to schools, hospitals, workplace cafeterias and grocers. We are also partnering with other nonprofits to create access to credit for local farmers and entrepreneurs creating jobs in underserved communities.

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