Since 1986, the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) has fought hunger and poverty by distributing food and other necessities to over 800 Partner Agencies in 35 of Alabama's 67 counties. We currently reach out to more than 330,000 individuals every year, providing more than 20 million pounds. Those we reach include children, seniors, the unemployed, low-pay working families, the homeless and disadvantaged, and disaster victims, among others.
Through this food network, our Partner Agencies provide free food to individuals and families in need by distributing groceries, hosting on-site feeding programs or Meals on Wheels programs.
Our distribution system takes food that otherwise would have gone to waste and provides it to people who struggle to make ends meet, often times choosing between food and other basic necessities such as medications and utilities.
MAFB receives donated food from farmers and food processors, local and national businesses, the USDA commodities program and from the public. This is distributed to a vast network of Partner Agencies. MAFB works with 4 Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs) to manage service to our outlying counties. These PDOs are located in Auburn, Dothan, Selma and Tuscaloosa. They are smaller food banks that, while operated independently, rely on MAFB for the vast majority of the food they distribute and for overall operational support.
From MAFB and our PDOs, product travels to a large and diverse network of Partner Agencies where it is quickly distributed to individuals and families in need.
A Collaborative Network
MAFB serves some of the most chronically impoverished counties in the nation. According to 5-year Census averages, nearly 12% of all individuals in the United States lives in poverty. Across Alabama, that number increases sharply to 17%.
However, in the 35 counties served by MAFB, roughly 22% of all individuals live in poverty- that's 1 out of every 5 individuals. Among children, 30%, or 1 in 3, are living in poverty. All too often, these children are going to bed hungry, hoping that by some miracle there will be food in the fridge in the morning.
For those that we serve, hunger is more than just a growling stomach. Our clients must make serious choices based upon their financial means – choices that can in some cases affect longevity and quality of life. For example, many seniors are on medications that must be taken with food, but what if you can’t afford both? Which do you cut back on? Similarly, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, gasoline, doctor’s visits…they are all in jeopardy.
For our children, the consequences can last a lifetime. Studies show that hunger and poor nutrition during childhood can affect their ability to learn, can stunt their physical and emotional development, and impact their employability as adults, a contributing factor in multi-generational poverty. In order to lay the foundation for a more economically successful state in the future, we must ensure that the next generation grows up with access to nutritious foods.
The services provided by MAFB go far beyond simply filling empty bellies - the food assistance we provides stretches family budgets, enabling other bills to be paid and stabilizing households. Furthermore, the food we provide allows families to sit down and enjoy a nutritious meal together, creating memories that last a lifetime.
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