BIRMINGHAM, Ala, April 13, 2021 — Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, in partnership with IBERIABANK (A Division of First Horizon Bank), Church of the Highlands Fultondale Campus, Jefferson County EMA, and the City of Fultondale, will hold a large-scale Mobile Pantry food distribution in Fultondale on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 9 a.m. located at the Church of the Highlands Fultondale Campus. This one-day, outdoor event will provide 1,200-1,300 households with preassembled boxes of shelf-stable goods along with meat and fresh produce on a first-come, first-served basis to any and all individuals in need of food assistance via a low-/no-contact, drive-thru distribution.
This Mobile Pantry food distribution is in response to the storms that came through the greater Fultondale area on January 25, 2021. The main function of the Community Food Bank’s disaster response program is to be the long-term support after the initial help is gone and community donations are depleted. Immediately after natural disasters, the Food Bank coordinates with their Partner Agencies in the affected areas, as well as EMAs and VOAD members to assess community needs and come alongside organizations that are providing emergency assistance. Urgent help is provided, and plans are made for future support.
“We recognize that after a storm like this, the community is still recovering long after the media attention is gone,” Brett R. Meredith, CEO of Community Food Bank of Central Alabama says. “Fultondale and the surrounding area were ravaged by severe weather including a tornado, and the Food Bank is committed to our community for as long as the need persists. We’re so thankful for our partners in this distribution– we wouldn’t be able to feed our neighbors in this capacity without significant support. We truly are the Community Food Bank.”
The food distribution will be held at the Church of the Highlands Fultondale Campus located at 3250 Lowery Pkwy, Fultondale, AL 35068, at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. News is invited to cover the event, and food is expected to be distributed quickly. Two other large-scale Mobile Pantry food distributions will be held in Shelby County and Calhoun County in response to the storms on March 15, 2021, details to come. If you would like to assist these long-term disaster relief efforts, you may donate at give.feedingal.org or sign up to volunteer here: Volunteer.