What We Do

How We Acquire Food and Feed Alabama Residents

In order to help children, families and seniors in need, we need food!  We gather food from individuals, retailers, and other sources.

Individual Donors and Food Drives provide a wide variety of mixed food products. Volunteers and staff sort these donations which come into the Food Bank as miscellaneous collections of food.  This product is evaluated and sorted into boxes of food which allows partner agencies to choose cased product for their outreach programs.

Retail donations from stores like Walmart, Kroger, Winn-Dixie, Aldi and Target are brought to the Food Bank through our Retail Donation Program.  This allows stores to cut back on food waste and make a positive impact in their community.

USDA (TEFAP) is a federal program in which the Federal Government purchases surplus foods from farmers and other producers and then provides the products to food banks across the United States. These shipments include fresh produce, meat and non-perishable food that offers a major benefit to the Food Banks and to the local economies of the original food producers.

Food Purchase helps the Food Bank supplement its stocks of specific seldom-donated products such as items for the Backpack Program.

From delivering monthly meal boxes for seniors to emergency food support in times of greater need, Food Bank coordinates national government assistance to deliver the most help where it’s needed.