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.


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)

Eligible Brown Bag households have the option of picking up food on Monday or shopping in the Market on Tuesday of their designated week.  Brown Bag service hours 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 collect information. 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 2023 are Wednesdays 9:00 am -1:00 pm, 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. Please have these items readily available in an effort to avoid delays.


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


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.


Community Market Coordinator
Cindy Duff

Physical Location
3810-C Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801

Mailing Address
355 Industry Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36832

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