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!
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UPS Supports Volunteering, MP/END Program
For well over a decade, our friends at WSFA12 News and Dixie Electric Cooperative have held a one-day event to help local families make the holidays special…12's Day of Giving.
And the River Region responded!
12's Day of Giving - A Beautiful Day
Staff from Montgomery’s @UPS Customer Service on Jackson Ferry Road, are regular volunteers here at MAFB. Recently, before getting started on separating recent donations, they presented our CEO, Richard A. Deem (front left holding the check, with a huge smile) a $5,000 grant from UPS Foundation @UPS_Foundation, which is earmarked to support our Mobile Pantry/Exercise, Nutrition and Diet Program.
UPS encourages employee volunteering as part of their commitment to reach 20 million volunteer hours by 2020 #20Mby2020.
In fact, ongoing participation in our Volunteer Program, was an eligibility prerequisite for MAFB to receive the grant award.
Rewarding…any way you look at it!
December 11th - the WSFA12 News tents were set up in front of the Walmart Superstore on Atlanta Highway from 5:00 AM until 7:00 PM, accepting donations of unused toys, non-perishable food and monetary donations.
Montgomery Area Food Bank
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One out of five of us deal with Food Insecurity, which means four out of five of us could help!
Warren Averett, Biscuits Team up to Hit One Out of the Park
Ken Wilson, District Manager, of Publix Super Markets’ Jacksonville Western Region (right, holding check) and several Publix associates and store managers from throughout the River Region, stopped by earlier today to personally deliver the proceeds of Publix Super Markets’ most recent “Food For All” campaign to our CEO Richard A. Deem (left, holding check)…and as is their amazing tradition, work through some volunteer projects!
Twice a year, in the fall and again in the spring, Publix Super Markets conducts hunger fighting campaigns, Food For All and Food For Sharing respectively, which provide customers donation options at checkout.
Held during the holidays of 2017, the latest Food For All campaign raised 365 pounds of non-perishable food and a whopping check for $15,697.88!
There are so many of you to thank: Publix Super Markets, their amazingly enthusiastic associates and of course contributors from throughout the River Region. Thank you. Your generosity fuels our mission.
The good folks of Warren Averett have teamed up with the Montgomery Biscuits for a season-long Tuesday Food Fest to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Tuesday Night home games - like last night - there will be a “Canned Food” Food & Fund Drive.
Bring a canned food item(s) or make a financial donation to the food bank and Warren Averett will buy your first hot dog!
Over the holidays Subaru conducted its annual Share the Love Event for the 10th year in a row. Subaru of America and Montgomery Subaru teamed up to support both national agencies like the ASPCA, as well as making donations to local agencies like the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
This morning Montgomery Subaru Vice President and General Manager John Danielson (right holding check) and Marketing Director Megan Danielson (right, of John) dropped by to personally deliver the proceeds from this year’s drive (pun intended) to our CEO Richard A. Deem (left holding check) and several members of our staff - a great big $14,063 check!
Sorry, but it must be said; that’s a lotta love, and we’re feelin’ it! Thank You Montgomery Subaru
Montgomery Subaru: Shares the Love
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) conducted their 26th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive Saturday. We’re still tallying up the totals and will report them soon. However, we can report, the Letter Carriers, volunteers and you the folks who made contributions are appreciated beyond words. We truly do live in the “Heart of Alabama”. THANK YOU!
Saturday's 26th STAMP OUT Hunger
Usually “Home Runs” by the Montgomery Biscuits are limited to the tell-tale sound of the crack of the bat and the ability to jog as a Biscuit player touches them all! Monday morning, together with the good folks at Warren Averett. They hit a Home Run without a single pitch being thrown. Members from Biscuits Baseball (including Mo) and Warren Averett visited Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) Monday morning to work through a volunteer project. While nobody took a leisurely jog around the bases – they certainly demonstrated the sort of enthusiasm and teamwork (which bodes well for the remainder of the season) necessary to knock the entire project outta the park in no time!
Warren Averett, Biscuits Team to Help MAFB
Biscuit Baseball and Warren Averett have joined forces to support of MAFB throughout the season with Tuesday night home game Food Fests, which feature fans bringing a canned food donation or making a financial donation to MAFB and receiving their first hot dog compliments on Warren Averett.
In fact; tonight’s game against the Jacksonville “Jumbo Shrimp”, the AA affiliate of the re-building Miami Marlins is a Tuesday night Food Fest! Come see tomorrow’s Major Leaguers tonight, be sure to support MAFB and enjoy your first hot dog on Warren Averett.
Biscuits, Warren Averett Food Fests Hit & Running!
This week's Warren Averett-sponsored, Biscuit Baseball Food Fest Tuesday was well supported by River Region fans - thank you.
We truly appreciate the enthusiastic support of everyone involved with Food Fest Tuesday's!
If you've never been to a Biscuits game, you really shouldn't wait until the next Food Fest to catch a game. However, we do hope to see you May 29th, which is the next scheduled Food Fest Tuesday night game. Go Biscuits!
Distribution of Assistance Continues Uninterrupted
We have some unfortunate news to report today. Early this morning we received notice from Furlongs Security that we had a break in. We had a rapid response from Montgomery Police Department – complete with a K9 Unit to do a full sweep of our warehouses.
We have a deep seeded sense of responsibility to safeguard everything here at Montgomery Area Food Bank, because everything we have is a product of your generosity. We do not keep cash on premises, and we employee an extensive security system, which has several cameras recording our entire operation. While we’re still taking stock of everything, we have systems in place and they worked.
The burglars (NOT PICTURED) attempted to break in through our roof. They did extensive damage considering the rainfall we’ve had late last night and throughout the morning. While this posed some inconvenience for our staff returning from the Memorial Day holiday, they responded by quickly pulling together to mitigate further water damage, moved office equipment out of harm’s way and in some cases moved themselves into temporary workspaces to ensure our mission of distributing assistance to our neighbors in need continued without interruption.
We’d like to thank Furlongs Security, The Montgomery Police Department, Max Hall Construction (pictured repairing the roof) and ServPro for their professionalism and support. While we work hard to never be in a position to deliver unfortunate news to so many who support our mission, bad news doesn’t get better over time, and we owe every one of you a quick, transparent report. On a positive note, our systems worked, and we continue to Feed Hope Across Alabama.
Recently leadership from Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama invited Montgomery Area Food Bank leadership to the Montgomery plant to receive the proceeds from this year’s annual employee food drive.
“We’re in a day right now, where food acquisition is a little more difficult,” said Montgomery Area Food Bank CEO Richard A. Deem. “It’s always difficult to tell which way contributions will be going, but we’re fortunate to say…we can always count on Hyundai. So, I want to tell you from the depths of my heart, how much that means to us, and how much we appreciate your support.”
Please Accept our Heartfelt Appreciation!
THANK YOU, to WSFA12 News for holding and supporting Friday’s Summer Food Drive.
THANK YOU, to Renfroe’s Market on Eastchase Parkway and Chantilly for their hospitality and support.
THANK YOU, to our dear friend at Dixie Electric Cooperative for their ever-present, always energetic support.
And last, but certainly not least, a special THANK YOU, to the River Region for your generous and continued support! This year’s WSFA12 News Summer Food Drive raised a total of $10,447.88 in financial support to go along with 8,198 pounds of donated nonperishable assistance.
There are at least two things we cannot say enough: Without your support, we could not do what we do – Feed Hope Across Alabama – and of course, THANK YOU!
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Annual Food Drive
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama leadership recently presented MAFB with an $18,772.69 check and 150 lbs of food!
SHOUT OUT! to Texas Roadhouse in Eastchase, who raised $198 and 47 pounds of non-perishable food during their Dine to Donate in support of the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Saturday, June 30th from 11AM - 3PM exclusively. Texas Roadhouse set aside 10% of total food purchases - during this time frame. So, THANK YOU River Region and Texas Roadhouse.
SHOUT OUT! Montgomery City/County Public Libraries for raising 748 pounds of non-perishable food during this year's 'Food For Fines' campaign. Food For Fines lets you avoid paying late return fines by bringing in food!
The Montgomery Area Food Bank, the City of Montgomery and more than 300 volunteers from a group of 15 local area churches, conducted a “SERVE DAY” Mobile Pantry in the Cramton Bowl Multiplex Saturday morning, distributing almost 70,000 pounds of nutrition to more than 1,000 families in need.
Approximately 85 percent of the local partner agencies MAFB works with are faith based. Achieving shared goals, whether in small increments or large, sweeping projects like Saturday’s SERVE DAY Mobile Pantry, provides tangible examples of community building in the truest sense of the phrase.
'Serve Day' Amazing Example of Community Building
If you thought the Summer Food Drive was over weeks ago – not so fast. Last Friday our CEO Richard A. Deem met with Rob Renfroe of Renfroe’s Market to receive additional proceeds.
Renfroe's kept the food drive going and donated a dollar whenever customers purchased select items. “As a local business it’s imperative that we find those local entities that need help, such as the Montgomery Area Food Bank,” said Renfroe shortly after the presentation of $1,000.
Your tireless, year ‘round support of our mission – provides a tangible example of what we try to recognize every day…the “Heart of Alabama”. Throw out the won/loss records – you're all winners in our eyes!
September is Hunger Action Month, Take Action it's Easy
The Montgomery Area Food Bank is asking the River Region to help raise awareness during Hunger Action Month. There will be a number of events during the month (please see calendar) including Hunger Action Day on September 13.
The “Action” being promoted during Hunger Action month is social media driven. People are encouraged to post an image of themselves holding a paper plate which reads:
“On an empty stomach I can’t ____________”. or
“To help end hunger I can _____________" to social media.
Those who post are being asked to tag @MontgomeryAreaFoodBankIncand @FeedingAmerica and use the hashtag #FeedingHopeAL and #HungerActionMonth.
Each week during the month of September the Montgomery Area Food Bank will spotlight one of its programs.
•Week #1: Agency Awareness Week
•Week #2: Senior Supplement Program Awareness Week
•Week #3: Mobile Pantry Program Awareness Week
•Week #4: Volunteer Program Awareness Week
September is Hunger Action Month!
Throughout Hunger Action Month we're shining focus on various outreach programs, which we utilize to fight hunger.
This week's focus is on our Mobile Pantry Program. However, our Chief Executive Officer, Richard A. Deem spoke recently about the "look of Hunger'".
Click here to learn more about our outreach programs.
Mobile Pantry Program Awareness Week
Senior Supplement Program
We conduct MP distributions every work day – somewhere within our service area. Each “single” distribution is conducted with one of our pre-qualified, participating agencies, and routinely delivers between 5 and 7 tons of assistance to ONE place at ONE time.
Last Tuesday we conducted two MPs – each was a “double” which means close to 30 tons of assistance was delivered to your neighbors in need…almost 80% of which was nutrient-rich produce.
Volunteer Program Awareness Week
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (October 12, 2018) -- Disaster Relief is an important, yet sometimes overlooked, aspect of Montgomery Area Food Bank’s (MAFB) mission…until there’s a need. Hurricane Michael, which devastated Mexico Beach, Fla. October 10, was the strongest tropical cyclone on record to ever hit the Florida Panhandle.
“As a member food bank of Feeding America® we have a responsibility to have a Disaster Relief Plan in place to provide support when called upon,” said Richard A. Deem, MAFB’s Chief Executive Officer. “We were actually about to send a pair of our drivers to North Carolina to support the ongoing efforts there (a result of Hurricane Florence, which hit the Carolinas September 13, delivering more than 35 inches of rain, but we’re holding fast, and keeping resources available to respond to the Florida Panhandle as needed.”
Video footage from a drone flown days after Michael came ashore, revealed some of the worst damage in Mexico Beach, where the hurricane crashed ashore as a Category 4 monster with 155 mph (250 kph) winds and a storm surge of 9 feet.“We also responded to deliver relief after Hurricane Katrina,” said Laura Simmons, South Alabama Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation’s Director, while MAFB staff loaded her horse trailer with 1,600 pounds of pre-packaged lunches, before she headed to Mexico Beach. “We noticed that there were supplies coming in, but not necessarily for the first responders. “So, this time we contacted the Montgomery Area Food Bank and it is so awesome to be provided the assistance to give to hungry people in need. Plus, we’ll be stopping by Farmer’s Feed next to pick up dog food and cat food.”
MAFB Provides Disaster Relief Support
MAFB Receives 2018 River Region Ethics Award
We are honored to share with you the news of our selection to receive the River Region Ethics Award for nonprofits. The award was presented during Samaritan Counseling Center’s Ninth Annual River Region Ethics in Business & Public Service Luncheon on Monday.
We were proud to have been a finalist. A collaboration with the Schools of Business and Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery, the award is designed to foster a climate of ethical integrity and raise awareness of the Samaritan Counseling Center’s programs and serves, as well as, scholarship funds for AUM business and public administration students. Incidentally, those same scholars interviewed the nominees and provided reports for the selection committee’s consideration.
While MAFB readily provided assistance as part of its Disaster Relief Plan, it does so in much the same manner as it operates throughout the year. “This is what we do,” said Deem. “We feed our neighbors in need by supporting partner agencies, which have gone through our process of ensuring they possess basic things like insurance and a signed and up-to-date agency vetting.
“In this particular case, these folks had already secured FEMA certification, so they’ll be able to get through to where they’re need most,” added Deem. “This is a part of a coordinated effort. We never send agencies into an area where they may be more of a liability than an asset. Sometimes, there’s a waiting period to allow officials to establish command centers and safe passage.”
Publix, River Region Team to Support MAFB Mission
Publix Super Markets Charities and Publix Super Markets recently announced a $150,000 Grant Award to support the purchase of refrigerated trailers and heavy equipment designed to increase our capacity to rescue and deliver fresh, nutritious produce and proteins to Alabamians in need.
“Publix is a strong and consistent supporter of our mission,” said Richard A. Deem, MAFB’s Chief Executive Officer shortly after taking a photo with River Region Store Managers and Publix District Manager Ken Wilson. “They obviously have a sincere commitment to fighting hunger, but they’re also committed to getting the greatest impact from everything from grants to donated support.”
MAFB’s good fortune did not stop with the awarding of the grant. Shortly after the check presentation was completed MAFB warehouse staff unloaded 680 cases of selected and sorted non-perishable food items – the proceeds from Publix Super Market’s annual Hunger Action Month, at-the-register fund drive “Food For Sharing”. Food for Sharing provides an opportunity for our customers to help alleviate hunger in our communities, by taking advantage of three predesigned donation options available at checkout. Once a donation option is selected, the cashier scans a key card, and the amount is added to the customer’s total order.
When your annual distribution exceeds 25 million pounds of assistance, receiving a donation of heavy equipment like the HypsterW45ZHD Electric Pallet Truck (yellow/already in use) donated by the folks at LiftOne, is a BIG LIFT...(sorry).
The HypsterW45ZHD can lift more than 4,000 pounds, which makes it invaluable when unloading and moving he 5-7 tons of assistance distributed during a single Mobile Pantry – or the 10-14 of a double!
LiftOne Donation Makes Distribution Easier to 'Lift'
MAFB Feeding Furloughed Families
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Fills our Tank!
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) has been supporting furloughed federal employees and their families during the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. Currently, emergency provisions have been provided along with instructions on how to access MAFB’s network of more than 800 local community agencies.
"We have already assisted families from TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and Federal Prison Camp Montgomery, and we will continue to assist furloughed families as long as the shutdown continues.”
Government shutdowns are not a new phenomenon. Federal employees have been furloughed 10 separate times since 1976. Prior to
“We have responded to this emergent need – which is in keeping with our mission,” said Richard A. Deem, MAFB’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our response is similar to the type of response we recently supported in the immediate aftermath of October’s Hurricane Michael’s devastation of the Florida panhandle and South Alabama.
shutdowns, but since 1990 the prevailing practice has been to shut down the government for the majority of funding gaps. Shutdowns have also occurred at the state, territorial, and local levels of government. The current federal government shutdown is the longest in the history of our nation.
“Our mission simply isn’t driven by politics,” said Deem. “Our mission is to fight hunger. We’re providing emergent support and integrating anyone impacted by this shutdown into our existing network of agencies.
“Access to contact information for the local agencies within our network is readily available on our web site where we have an interactive map,” added Deem. “All anyone has to do is type in their zip code and a list of agencies within that zip code will appear. Please keep in mind that those agencies vary in capacity and hours of operation www.montgomeryareafoodbank.org/NeedHelp.html.“
We recently received a WHOPPING $10,587.50 donation from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation - this year’s Fill Your Tank Fund Drive, which was originally launched in October 2016 to mark Enterprise’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million to fight hunger globally.
Since then, $10 million has been distributed annually to support food banks and charities throughout North America and Europe. In keeping with their AMAZING tradition of support – volunteers stayed and quickly began working a Volunteer Project the entire morning!