Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets food?
Our member agencies are responsible for determining how the food is distributed to individuals in need. Each year, 645,000 people are fed.
What areas do you serve?
The food bank’s service area is a twelve county area in central Alabama. Our service area includes the following counties: Winston, Walker, Blount, Jefferson,
Shelby, Talladega, Clay, St. Clair, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, and Cleburne Counties.
The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama puts high priority on making wholesome, nutritious foods available to our agencies. Much of what we distribute
is fresh produce, dairy products, fresh meats, and other refrigerated and frozen products. Last year, food for 10 million nutritious meals left our docks; that
includes, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, fruit juices, and many other types of nonperishable foods.
A Food Bank operates as a central clearinghouse for collecting food that might otherwise be wasted. Food usually comes from various sources in the food industry, like grocery stores and wholesalers, that have thousands of pounds of food to give away - food that could otherwise be thrown away.
We warehouse the food, and with help from volunteers, sort, pack and redistribute it to the community. Traditionally, a food bank does not distribute food directly to those in need. This food is distributed to non-profit hunger relief charities that directly serve the needy through their own programs. These programs include shelters for the homeless, soup kitchens, residential facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities and shelters for abused women and children. Any charitable, non-profit agency meeting the criteria of the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 agency may apply to become an agency of the Food Bank. The agency must then agree to distribute the food to the public at no charge.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
107 Walter Davis Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
Food comes to us from farmers, grocery stores and other retailers, distributors, wholesale, and other food industry sources. In addition, kindhearted members
of our community hold food drives that can bring in literally tons of food. In addition, we are a USDA TEFAP Commodities Distributor, which stands for The Emergency Feeding Assistance Program. You can read more about TEFAP here. All donated product the food bank receives is thoroughly inspected for quality and goodness before it is distributed to the public.
While we do receive gifts from corporations and foundations, as well as public grants, we rely on donations from generous individuals who open their hearts and checkbooks to help the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama achieve our mission of leading the fight against hunger.
The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is scrupulous in making sure that our donors make a good investment. Less than 5 cents of every dollar is used for administrative costs and we’re able to provide 8 meals per dollar.
Need Food Assistance
The food bank itself does not do direct public assistance, but rather provides food and household items to various nonprofit agencies in the community. If you are in need of food assistance, or are looking for a food pantry in your area, please call the United Way Referral Line at 211, have your zip code ready, and tell them you are looking for a food pantry in your area. Simply dial 2-1-1
to see our volunteer calendar of available shifts. To inquire about group volunteer opportunities please contact us at volunteer@feedingAL.org
For safety purposes, the minimum age for volunteering is 8 years of age.
Food donations come in all sizes. If you have a few grocery bags or a few small boxes full of food that you'd like to drop off, then you can come to the lobby of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Lobby hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Larger-scale donations of food are received through our warehouse from Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Donations must be brought to the warehouse. Please call Graham White before coming by at 205-942-8911 ext 105. If this time slot does not work, please let us know.
Donating online HERE
is quick and secure.
We are grateful to our friends in the community who hold food drives: they not only generate food - they generate awareness of the terrible problem of hunger in our community.View Host a Food Drive
Food contributed through food drives or individual donations must be nonperishable. The item we distribute the most is peanut butter, always a welcome donation. Protein in various forms is important, and helps us provide a nutritious blend of foods. See our list of our most needed items in our food drive toolkit
Donating food provides a variety of nutritious, quality products for which we are grateful; however, money goes much further. The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama can stretch your dollar through our partnerships with the food industry. In fact, for every dollar donated we are able to obtain and distribute 8 meals. Make a gift!