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!
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!
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.
Timely Help from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Montgomery, Ala. (February 1, 2019) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah answered the call by Alabama LDS officers to support local disaster relief efforts when they sent just over 14 tons of assistance ranging from canned and dry goods to fresh produce and proteins arrived at the Montgomery Area Food Bank today.
“This is an outstanding show of support,” said Montgomery Area Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Deem. “I’ve known Commissioner Troy Stubbs for a long time, and when he told me they were reaching out, I was confident he’d get a response, but this is not only substantial, but of course very timely.”
Delivery, which was preceded by a $10,000 donation to the Elmore County Disaster Relief Fund, came to Montgomery via Atlanta, and was coordinated through LDS Headquarters in Utah. The 53-foot trailer arrived at MAFB mid-morning and was offloaded and stored before lunch.
Elmore County Food Pantry, which has been providing direct support to families struck by what the National Weather Service (NWS) determined was an EF2 tornado, which hit Wetumpka January 19, will receive a sizeable portion of this generous support. The remaining items will be used to continue to provide disaster relief, bolstering MAFB shelves and coolers following emergency relief efforts in South Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and the recent government shutdown.