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Hunger Action Month Mobile Pantry Distribution
The Alabama National Fair, Dollar Day raised 16,912 pounds!
Sponsored by ALFA Farmers, ALFA Insurance and Alabama News Network -- Dollar Day was Thursday, October 10. Everyone was admitted for $1 with a donation of a non-perishable food items to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Fairs and agricultural exhibits are an old and honored tradition in Montgomery, dating back to at least 1854, 100 years before the present Alabama National Fair was established. As the Fair has grown, its name has changed to reflect its increased size. In 1969, the South Alabama Fair became the South Alabama State Fair. In 1997, in recognition of the fact that many fair participants visit from out-of-state, the name became the Alabama National Fair.
The Fair remains an independent, self-sustaining, non-profit corporation, and is not an agency of the State of Alabama. While the Fair Association receives some support in the payment of prize money from state and county participation, the Fair Association provides most of the money that is paid out in prizes and operates independently of the State and any other fair.
Virtually all members of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery utilize their abilities and time in support of Fair activities. Businesspeople serve on committees; lawyers, architects, and engineers lend their professional skills, and most Kiwanians come to the fairgrounds and actively work as admission ticket takers on the gates and on a myriad of other essential committees. The spouses of Kiwanians also donate hundreds of volunteer hours each year.
The purposes of the Fair have not changed since its operation began: namely, to put on an educational fair directed to the uplifting and building of youth; to promote Alabama industry, agriculture, and livestock; to encourage artistic and cultural pursuits among citizens of all ages, and to give everyone, at least once a year, an opportunity to have a great time at the Fair.
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Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) continued its month-long observance of Hunger Action Month by joining local partner agency WELCOME Center (West Elmore Christian Outreach Mission Extension) to conduct a Mobile Pantry Program distribution of 38,231 pounds of assistance to more than 170 families in need.
“Of course our mission throughout the year is to fight hunger, but during Hunger Action Month we make a special effort to raise awareness about our neighbors impacted by food insecurity and the programs we have in place to “Feed Hope Across Alabama,” said MAFB Chief Executive Officer, Richard A. Deem. “WELCOME has been a strong partner agency since 1993, and they do an outstanding job here in Millbrook of providing assistance. Today, have joined them along with members of our Board of Directors to lend a hand as they conduct another Mobile Pantry distribution.