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Beast of Burden Challenge...Accepted, Almost Finished!
The Montgomery City-County Public Library’s Annual “Food for Fines” campaignwill be conducted from April 7th through May 5th. Food for Fines helps you save money while helping others. If you have an overdue book or media – all you need to do is bring in a canned good donation – as well as the book(s) and/or media – and they’ll forgive your fine! All 10 Montgomery Public Libraries will be participating.
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) is one of four Alabama members of the 200-member, nation-wide food bank network Feeding America®. Feeding America is the third largest charity in the nation. As a member MAFB enjoys access to national corporate support contracts, ranging from capacity grants to retail food sourcing, which are executed locally.
While we feel we do a pretty good job of explaining the prevalence of hunger in Alabama, as well as the social costs of an issue as pervasive as hunger, we have to admit - one woman has taken the charge of raising awareness to another level.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” said Jess Kurti, who is nearing the completion of her “Beast of Burden Challenge” to visit and volunteer at every Feeding America food bank in the nation. “It’s really opened my eyes about hunger and the massive effort put forth by the Feeding America network.
“That includes diverting viable food, which would end up in landfills…wasted,” added Kurti, “to people who need it.”
Kurti’s challenge has taken years to accomplish! “It’s taken a while, because I still work,” explained Kurti. “I’ll work for 6-7 months and then get back on the road and visit food banks.” Kurti said she was down to her last 15 food banks when she visited MAFB, and is working her way toward Washing D.C. “I’m hoping to end this challenge by raising awareness in Washington,” said Kurti. “If I can do that, then maybe some of our nation’s leadership will realize they need to do more to provide assistance to people in need.”
After visiting 185 food banks Kurti had some personal observances about food banking. “When I started, I was told, ‘when you visit one food bank…you’ve visited one food bank,’ meaning they’re all different,’” said Kurti. “I thought…OK, food banks can’t be THAT different. But, sure enough, they are ALL different.
“That said; there are still similarities,” added Kurti. “Every food bank I’ve visited has two similarities that stick out and give me hope. First; the people working here really have an obvious passion for what they’re doing…they care, and you can see it.
“Second; there are people all across our nation who I’ve worked besides, who are volunteering their time to do something about hunger. That’s special.”
27th Annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive Arrives in May
Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years.