What We Do

We served 21.9 million pounds of food in 2020.

The Community Food Bank distributes millions of meals across Central Alabama each year.

We create healthy food access for vulnerable populations, and we provide that food free of charge. We have identified areas of need, and have programs to address the gap. We deliver groceries to seniors’ doorsteps, provide meals to children at risk of hunger when schools close, and partner with physicians to serve patients in need.

Due to our large footprint, we partner with local nonprofits to enable them to better serve their community. We have over 255 Partner Agencies across the state. To learn more about our agencies, click here!

Click or scroll to learn more about our programs!

Mobile Pantries

Due to Covid, we have directed the majority of our programming attention to our Mobile Pantries.

We make healthy food accessible by bringing food pantries directly to areas of need. These mobile food distributions are contact-free, drive up opportunities to get food in your area. These follow a “Truck to Trunk” model, where we drive the food out, pre-packed into boxes, and then distribute it to anyone who comes. There is no income requirement or identification needed, and you are welcome to carpool. Each adult in the car qualifies to get a household food box.

The food at these Mobile Pantry distributions is nutritious and varied, and we aim to provide meat, fruit, vegetables, and dairy. There is a limited amount of food at each distribution, so be sure to arrive early. You can find a calendar of distribution events on our Find Food page.

Community Partnerships

We provide our Partner Agencies with the means to serve an average of 145,000 people a month.

Across our 12-county footprint, Community Food Bank partners with over 255 Partner Agencies, including soup kitchens, shelters, church food pantries, children’s programs, and veterans’ programs to get food into the hands of our neighbors. This network of Partner Agencies enables existing nonprofits to reach more people. We provide them with food, and they distribute it free of charge.

If you or someone you know is in need, the most effective way to get emergency food is through an Agency in your community. There is a tool on our Find Food page that will connect you to an agency near you.

Is your nonprofit organization interested in becoming a Partner Agency? We would love to have you on our team!

Kids Meal Campaign

Our Kids Meals Campaign provides children with year-round access to healthy meals. We do this through three programs:

  • Weekenders Backpacks (2-day meal kits for children)
  • Family Markets (school-based produce pantries)
  • Summer Meals (free lunch & snack for children during the summer months)

Ending Senior Hunger

Senior hunger is often hidden. Community Food Bank is working to meet the needs of our seniors through several avenues.

  • Doorstep Deliveries
  • Benefit Enrollment Center
  • Food Insecurity Medical Screenings

Food Recovery

At the Food Bank, sustainability is key. Our fleet of refrigerated trucks is on the road 5 days per week picking up donated food from our retail partners to distribute throughout our community.

  • Recruited over 100 grocery stores to donate wholesome fresh produce, meats and dry goods
  • Prevents 6 million meals per year from going to waste in local landfills & instead provides meals to neighbors in need

Rx Health

We partner with healthcare providers to ensure food-insecure patients from infants to seniors have the nourishment they need in order to stay healthy.

We assure that our neighbors in need access to free, healthy food. Our healthcare partners provide confidential, food insecurity screenings in a medical setting, and we make sure that the food we provide follows physicians’ recommendations.

We currently serve:

    • Families with infants in the NICU
    • Uninsured patients with diabetes or heart failure
    • Low-income, first-time mothers
    • Geriatric patients

Disaster Response

We are here for you.

During times of crisis, the Community Food Bank is ready to step in and provide emergency assistance when and where needed most.

  • Provides emergency food and water in times of crisis like tornadoes or floods
  • Able to establish temporary emergency food pantries in affected communities
  • We partner with our Agencies in the community to get help where it’s needed most.