The Community Market

The Community Market, launched in January of 2003, functions as an extension of the Food Bank of East Alabama to provide direct food relief to low-income residents of Lee County.  It offers client-choice food selection in a grocery store atmosphere at a convenient location on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika.

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Community Market of the Food Bank of East Alabama increases access to healthy food for all people in need in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community.

The Community Market functions as an extension of the Food Bank of East Alabama.

The FBEA Community “Market” is committed to supporting Lee County residents. The Market prioritizes the health and safety of our community, volunteers, and staff.  During 2020 and 2021, the Community Market suspended choice shopping and provided perishable and nonperishable items through a distribution model due to COVID-19.

Beginning April 6, 2022, we re-opened the doors for choice-shopping for appointments scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Saturday appointments are now available on the first and second Saturday of the month. Appointment days/times are strictly enforced.

Brown Bag Program (seniors 60 and older)

We will continue to serve eligible Brown Bag households through the distribution model.  Brown Bag food distribution for seniors continues on Monday and Tuesdays from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., except for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of the month and holidays. For more information or to get an application for the program, contact the Community Market at 334-749-8844.

Food Assistance

Process for getting help with food:

  1. Call 334.749.8844 beginning on Tuesdays after 10:00 am to make an appointment for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of the same week.  An appointment is also required for the first and second Saturday of the month and can be scheduled by calling after 10:00 am on Tuesdays of the same week.
  2. During the initial call, a staff member or volunteer will conduct an intake interview and information validation. Please have the following information available when calling:
      • Amount of income for each household member
      • Names and dates of birth for each household member
  1. Once eligibility validation is complete, an appointment will be scheduled. Appointment times for 2022 are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9am – noon and the First and Second Saturday of the month from 10am-noon.
  2. Household representatives must present a photo ID and proof of Lee County Residency (utility bill) upon arriving for your first scheduled appointment in 2022. Please have these items readily available in an effort to avoid delays.

Each day we are assessing the situation and making adjustments accordingly. We appreciate your patience and flexibility throughout the process as we work to serve the needs of Lee County and keep everyone healthy.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are the bedrock of the Community Market and they play a very important role in helping to maintain an atmosphere of dignity and compassion. They assist people in need in a concrete, caring way. Volunteers are given instructions and are placed according to interest and need.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Community Market at 334-749-8844 or msubba@foodbankofeastalabama.com.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The outreach of the Community Market is made possible through community support. Overhead expenses are covered by support from local governments and organizations, and financial contributions from individuals, churches and civic clubs are transformed into food for hungry people. Donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to 355 Industry Drive, Auburn, AL 36832.

CONTACT US

Community Market Coordinator
Mattie Subba
msubba@foodbankofeastalabama.com

Physical Location
3810-C Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.749.8844

Mailing Address
355 Industry Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36832

Feeding the hungry of our community by giving the needy access to available food resources.