The Montgomery Area Food Bank, with our four Partner Distribution Organizations (PDO's) and the subsequent reach in support of more than 800 agencies throughout our extended service area, is what the Department of Defense would refer to as a force multiplier. The rough definition of a force multiplier is, "A capability that, when added to and employed by a force, significantly increases the potential of that force and enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment." When it comes to combating hunger, our capabilities increase the potential of each and every one of those 800 partner agencies.
However, in much the same manner, the philanthropic support we receive from each and every one of you - isour force multiplier. Below are some of the instances of kindness and support. This is FAR from a complete listing, and for that we apologize. However, we are consistently inspired by your generosity and offer a heartfelt - Thank You!
Thank you! Montgomery Empty Bowls celebrated its 10th year of raising funds in support of Montgomery Area Food Bank March 17th inside First Baptist Church at 305 South Perry Street.
Judging strictly from the turnout - the grand totals are anticipated to be among the fundraiser's best ever! Once the proceeds are completely tallied we'll report them here, but we didn't want to wait to thank the River Region for your support.
Whether you spent the time to bring your artistic abilities to bear in order to make the various "unique" hand-made bowls, or supported the efforts by attending the luncheon to pick out your favorite...and especially for those of you who did BOTH...we thank you.
This year's Silent Auction - where everything from homemade goodies to handmade works of art were available, was also a huge contributor to the success this year!
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) recently delivered a truckload of support from the River Region to neighbors in Elba who are still recovering from the impact of the severe flooding that hit the area recently.
WSFA12 News, Dixie Electric Cooperative and iHeart Radio spearheading a Disaster Relief Food Drive yesterday in the Dillard’s Eastchase parking lot, and you responded, and responded and responded...all day!
Your generosity and compassion filled an entire 53-foot trailer and raised more than $9,000! Volunteers, bolstered by a group of students from Troy University, helped unload everything from cleaning supplies and non-perishable food to clothes, kitchen utensils and yes...even water! On hand to see the damage and recovery efforts firsthand was Senator Richard Shelby, (R - AL), hosted by Elba Mayor, Mickey Murdoch, who expressed his sincere appreciation for your support.
Each year during the Subaru likes to do more than sell cars, it likes to give back to the community. During the annual Share the Love event which ran throughout the Holiday Season, for every new Subaru that was purchased or leased, the automaker donated $250. Montgomery Subaru chose MAFB and the results are in: This year Montgomery Subaru donated a whopping $4877.71, as well as 35 pounds of non-perishable food.
To the good folks at Montgomery Subaru and in a very real way those of you who bought a Subaru during the holidays, THANK YOU!
Ron Fulmer waits to fill another box to shred during The Montgomery Clean City Commission, Max Credit Union, and Gilmore Services free on-site document destruction April 8, 2016, in the Garrett Coliseum South Parking Lot. Free – except for supporting Montgomery Area Food Bank that is.
Considering 700 cars drove through and 28,000 pounds of paper was shredded, it’s little wonder how donations rose to an amazing 1,904 pounds of food and $1,035.31!
AMNESTY! Once a year the good folks at the Montgomery City - County Public Libraries forgive those of us who forget to return our books on time. From April 11 to May 21 they will accept donated food in lieu of an
While you should always return your library books on time - please forgive us if we hope you have a shelf-full of overdue books!
overdue book fine! The exchange rate is one 13 ounce can of food for one overdue book.
Our friends at Publix Super Markets, Inc. dropped by with representatives from the five local River Region stores to present the proceeds from their annual holiday season “Food For All” Campaign. During the campaign customers and associates contributed by purchasing contribution cards in $1, $3, or $5 amounts.
This year Publix and all of YOU in the River Region responded in a big way! Not only did they present a check for a whopping $11,334.28, but they also delivered 7,980 pounds of non-perishable food.
But wait…there’s still more…Publix is a strong supporter of our Retail Store Donation Program, which provides support throughout the year, often in the form of fresh nutritious produce!
To our friends at Publix and to those Publix patrons who participated in “Food For All,” THANK YOU!
The Alabama State Bar, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and the Alabama Food Bank Association will join together to help end child hunger with the launch of the Alabama Legal Food Frenzy set for April 25 – May 6, 2016. Law firms across the state will compete to see who can raise the most food and funds for the eight regional food banks in Alabama.
Attorney General's Office
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36066
Copeland Franco Screws & Gill, P.A.
444 S. Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Bond, Botes, Shinn & Donaldson, P.C.
311 Catoma Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Sasser Sefton & Brown
445 Dexter Avenue Suite 8050
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
MAFB Service Area Participating Firms (as of April 20, 2016)
Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of General Counsel
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Alabama Department of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, Alabama 36110
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Balch & Bingham LLP
105 Tallapoosa Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C.
425 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Middle District of Alabama Federal Court Family
1 Church St
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Believe it or not, we' were tabulating and weighing your support of the 24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers' (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive more than a week later!
The initial tally as of Saturday put us well past 71,190 lbs. - and climbing! To all of you who supported the drive...THANK YOU.
For those who volunteered to support our efforts to box and relocate all that poundage...a special THANK YOU and we hope to see you at the 25th Annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!
24th Annual STAMP Out Hunger Food Drive - Delivers
Once again WSFA, Dixie Electric Cooperative, Walmart and Cumulus Radio are bringing the River Region together to conduct an area-wide Summer Fund and Food Drive.
And once again, you have responded in numbers! Yes; that is the Honorable Robert J. Bentley, Governor of Alabama making a donation and encouraging staff members of Montgomery Area Food Bank, Dixie Electric (the ‘power’ behind standing in the sun and heat ready to receive your donations) and of course WSFA and Cumulus Radio.
To everyone at WSFA; Dixie Electric Cooperative, Cumulus and every one of you who came by Walmart on Chantilly Pkwy this past Friday - THANK YOU.
We are always humbled by the pride in ownership the River Region shows to support our mission to Feed Hope Across Alabama!
Not strictly by the level of support alone - although$10,927.30 and 5,576 lbs. are AMAZING totals! But, you consistently open your hearts to provide assistance to someone in need. You are a source of motivation for all of us here at the food bank.
Again, THANK YOU.
Incidentally, this is not their first rodeo (sorry)! Shredding events have been happening for a while now and to all the organizers, volunteers and participants who support our mission…THANK YOU!
Smashing Summer Success
We’ve been bustin’ at the seams to thank the WIND CREEK Casino & Hotel since the WIND Creek Go Team dropped by to present us with the proceeds from Poosa Jam ’16…a WHOPPING $5,225 check!
Poosa Jam ’16 was an outdoor concert, which took place in the parking lot of Wind Creek Montgomery May 15th. Hosted by George Wallace with Musiq Soulchlld and Anthony Hamilton performing, everyone had a great time AND supported the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Thank you Go Team. We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama & Local Suppliers' Annual FFD
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) and their local suppliers presented the proceeds of their Annual Fund and Food Drive to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) Wedesday morning, to Executive Director Parke Hinman, (center). Doing the honors are HMMA Director of Production Craig Stapley and Senior Vice President for Human Relations and Administration Richard Neal, (left/right).
Please note; the check pictured reads $26,135. However, final contributions are still being counted this morning, so that total is still growing! To all HMMA and local supplier employees - who help fight hunger year 'round, not just during the annual drive - THANK YOU!
MAFB Selects New Chief Operating Officer
The Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) announced recently; Richard Deem (Left) will be assuming the duties as Chief Executive Officer following a transition period with Parke Hinman, III (Right), who announced his intentions to retire earlier this year.
Only the third director in the food bank’s 30 year history of combating hunger, Deem was selected by a special Selection Committee of the food bank’s Board of Directors, who took more than three months to arrive at their decision after receiving more than 100 applications from throughout the nation.
Deem is not new to food banking. He has been serving on the Montgomery Area Food Bank’s Board of Directors, while also serving as Director, Elmore County Food Pantry, located in Wetumpka. “I’m honored by this selection,” said Deem. “I’m leaving some amazing people at the Elmore County Pantry, but we won’t be far away, and I look upon this challenge as an opportunity to fight hunger in Alabama on a larger scale.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (September 8, 2016) -- The Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) has come a long way since starting operations in a 10,000 Sq. ft. rented warehouse in 1986. Today; to commemorate their 30th year of fighting hunger in Alabama, as well as observing the 9th Annual Hunger Action Month Day, MAFB opened its doors to conduct an Open House, which featured complete access to the 23,600 sq. ft. Hugh K. Rule Jr. Building extension.
“I’ve challenged our staff to come to work every day with the goal of eliminating hunger,” said new Chief Executive Officer Rich Deem, who took over leadership August 8, 2016. “We have staff here who are what I call ’wounded healers’. They’re so effective at what they do, because they’re so empathetic. They have firsthand experiences of what it’s like to do without, and need assistance.
“I’m confident we’d all love being able to work ourselves out of a job; and close the doors one day, having irradiated hunger in the 35 counties we serve,” added Deem. “And while we may not be able to actually do that, we’re definitely going to continue to work toward that goal, and make every effort to achieve it.”
“Thirty years of fighting hunger is an amazing accomplishment in and of itself,” said Michael Briddell, Director of Public Information and External Affairs at City of Montgomery. “I can tell you the Montgomery Area Food Bank, it’s staff and the work you do are held in high regard by our community. I’m very happy to be here today, because I was given the opportunity to thank you.”
Part of the Open House activities presented to attendees was the opportunity to participate in this year’s “Action” of Hunger Action Month, which has traditionally focused upon the utilization of Social Media. Attendees were able to write on symbolic empty plates what the “can’t” do on an empty stomach and/or what the “can” do to end hunger. Paper plates were provided and as attendees filled them out they were posted on the side of MAFB’s refrigerator...not unlike how many of the plates will be placed throughout the River Region by those who participate...except MAFB’s refrigerator is a 4,800 sq. ft/90,000 cu. ft. Freezer/Cooler with plenty of room for literally hundreds of entries!
MAFB Commemorates 30th Anniversary with Open House
Michael Robinson, Director of local hunger fighting agency ColorFullVisions and Michael Briddell, Director of Public Information and External Affairs at City of Montgomery (l-r)take part in this year’s Hunger Action Month “Action” by using a symbolic empty paper plate to share their ideas concerning how to end hunger. With Hunger Action Month running through September, families, individuals, work centers and/or school classrooms still have plenty of time to take part in this year’s “Action” activity. MAFB is asking for all who wish to participate to write their personal messages on a plain white paper plate and then share a photo of yourself holding your plate on #FeedingHopeAL and/or on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/MontgomeryAreaFoodBankInc.
New Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) Chief Executive Officer, Rich Deem, addresses MAFB employees and attendees from the River Region to kick off today’s Open House in celebration of MAFB’s 30th Anniversary and Hunger Action Month Day. There are still plenty of Hunger Action Month activities planned for throughout the month, and a Hunger Action Month Calendar (which will be continually added to as new activities are finalized) is available at: www.montgomeryareafoodbank.org/HungerActionMonth2016.html.
September 28 was USAmeriBank Day. After conducting a month-long Hunger Action Month Food & Fund Drive, a group of employees - led by Caryn Hughes, Senior VP, Alabama Commercial Lending Executive - presented our CEO Rich Deem with the financial proceeds - a $5,000 check!
After making their generous donation, USAmeribank staff stuck around to donate their time and energy to provide Volunteer assistance. In fact, USAmeriBank supports paid volunteerism, and teams of their staff will be volunteering throughout the day. Thank you for your support!
Empty Bowls Celebrates 10th Year
The 6th Annual Zombie Walk/Prom Fund & Food Drive was Friday night in downtown Montgomery.
The family-friendly, fun-filled event, 'ENDED" at the Riverwalk facility, where things “COME ALIVE” again with music and entertainment.
Ironiclly, the Zombies also raised more than 1100 pounds of 'NON-PERISHABLE" food and $400 in donations. That total will soon rise, because, Wintzell's Oyster House has pledged to donate a portion of their Friday night proceeds!
The 'FINAL' Act of Hunger Action Month Zombies in Montgomery!
WOW!!! Ken Wilson, Publix Super Markets, District Manager (left) delivers a $150,000 check from Publix Super Markets Charities recently, for the purchase of a brand new 26’ Refrigerated Truck! The three folks with smiles ranging from presently stunned, to ear-to-ear are (l-r) John Foster, Asst. Warehouse Manager, Grant Writer Ashley Moody, and our Development and Programs Manager Jolene Kearns.
Our good fortune is a part of an amazingly generous $5 million donation to the Feeding America® network, which represents three times the amount they’ve given in any year! Not only has Publix Super Markets Charities donated a Refrigerated Truck to bolster our aging fleet, but River Region Publix Super Markets participate in their Perishable Recovery Program, which means they’ll be filling the truck too.
Thank you seems insufficient when you receive such an amazing Grant Award from a long-time, committed partner in our fight against hunger, but from all of us to Publix Super Market Charities and our neighbors who comprise their River Region staff - THANK YOU!
Publix Super Market Charities, Partners in the Fight Against Hunger
Morgan Stanley, Montgomery staff members took a moment away from their volunteer work in support of Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) today, to present a Morgan Stanley Foundation $50,000 Grant Award, which will fund a pilot program called School Pantry Program (SPP), which will target the needs of Montgomery’s at-risk, school-aged children.
Morgan Stanley Provides Investment in Montgomery Youth
We are honored to be able to help Montgomery Are Food Bank in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President Lawrence Oakley. “Our employees volunteer regularly with the Montgomery Area Food Bank, so we are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.”
Currently in Montgomery, 1 child in 5 is food insecure, and countless studies indicate the what has been known for some time; there is an immediate and profound negative impact on the performance of school-aged children who don’t have an accessible source of healthy and nutritious food at home, which leads to an adverse long-term impact on their subsequent likelihood of employment.
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation,” said , Rich Deem, MAFB Chief Executive Officer. “In fact, this grant is actually for $70,000 over two years! Morgan Stanley has not only provided us with the funding to launch this much-needed program, but they’re even giving us the leg-up we need to ensure its sustainability.”
MAFB’s new pilot program emphasizes a community effort to identify and assist at-risk, school-aged children and their families. “Our network operates on the premise that when we work together with local agencies, we’re stronger and far more effective,” explained Deem. “We have identified three of our local community agencies who have subsequently adopted three schools in their respective neighborhoods.”
The community agencies chosen are; First Montgomery SDA Church, Southlawn Baptist Church, and Paul Outreach Services. The adopted schools they’ll be working are; Capitol Heights Middle School, Southlawn Elementary School and Martin Luther King Elementary School respectively.
“We’re excited to be able to be one of the schools in the pilot program,” said Tamara Winston, Principal, Southlawn Elementary School. “Our teachers are usually the first to recognize the children in their classes who need assistance. However, it’s all too often readily evident. These are the children who eat breakfast and lunch at school and regularly go back for more...and finish everything.”
“Morgan Stanley and its employees have been actively fighting hunger in Alabama, by providing vital resources on a consistent basis,” said Deem. “They’ve committed financial support, as well as hours of hands-on volunteer work. Plus, Lawrence (Lawrence Oakley) volunteers his time and professional expertise as a member of our Board of Directors.”
MAFB’s new SPP will grow in 2017, however is not currently considering any more agencies and/or schools to participate this school year. That growth will continue to operate with qualified local agencies in good standing in the MAFB network.
“We’re launching this small pilot program to assist those chronically hungry children by design,” Deem explained. “We’re operating with community agencies in our network who have excellent track records administering our other programs; we’re benefiting from lessons learned by other food banks in the Feeding America network, and of course we’re getting to kick this off due to the generous support of Morgan Stanley.
This is a special thank you to Max Hughes Trucking in Troy, AL for their generous donation of $20,000, which will go directly toward improving our Refrigerated Truck capacity. With a 24,921 sq. mile service area which literally stretches 'Across Alabama,' many of you see our trucks and our amazing drivers on the road.
Fortunately, the good folks at Max Hughes Trucking recognize; the more refrigerated truck capacity we have the more donated fresh food we can accept, which translates directly to being able to increase the amount of nutritious, fresh produce we can deliver to our neighbors in need.
Refrigerated truck capacity is essential to our mission, so when we receive a $20,000 donation to improve that capacity, a special thank you is equally essential!
Please know - your support of 12 Day’s of Giving DOES change lives. Every year you ARE making a significant difference.
12's Day of Giving may seem to some as strictly a day of accepting donations for Toys For Tots, Christmas Clearing House and of course the Montgomery Area Food Bank. However, for us it’s an annual display of the kindness and generosity of spirit we enjoy in the River Region.
The preliminary totals are in: You gave $24,000, more than 4,000 pounds of food and 1,500 toys. We thank you so much for coming out to provide support for our neighbors in need.
Once Again - River Region Reaches Out to Make a Difference