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.
Beast of Burden Challenge...Accepted, Almost Finished!
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) is one of four Alabama members of the 200-member, nation-wide food bank network Feeding America®. Feeding America is the third largest charity in the nation. As a member MAFB enjoys access to national corporate support contracts, ranging from capacity grants to retail food sourcing, which are executed locally.
While we feel we do a pretty good job of explaining the prevalence of hunger in Alabama, as well as the social costs of an issue as pervasive as hunger, we have to admit - one woman has taken the charge of raising awareness to another level.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” said Jess Kurti, who is nearing the completion of her “Beast of Burden Challenge” to visit and volunteer at every Feeding America food bank in the nation. “It’s really opened my eyes about hunger and the massive effort put forth by the Feeding America network.
“That includes diverting viable food, which would end up in landfills…wasted,” added Kurti, “to people who need it.”
Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
The drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years.
27th Annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive
Community, Letter Carriers 'Deliver' during Food Drive
For more than a quarter of a century the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have conducted the 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive. Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers across America collect the compassionate support of postal customers, and this past Saturday - the River Region responded.
We are still processing the totals of your donations. We will of course provide the tally, but until then, we wish to thank everyone involved in making this year's drive an unqualified success.
Walmart and Sam's Club are giving YOU an opportunity to "Spark Change" They've made it easy to "Feed Hope Across Alabama" by either purchasing participating Items or making a donation. Either way - when you participate, your generosity stays local.
1) Each participating item purchased at Walmart or Sam's Club will unlock a donation equivalent to one meal secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks from each supplier. 1 item = 1 meal ($0.10) up to each supplier's maximum donation.
Especially Through May 22nd YOU Can 'Fight Hunger, Spark Change'
2) Register Giving: Customers can donate to their local Feeding America member food bank at the registers of Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Donations of $1, $2, $5 or another amount will be accepted. There is no limit to what can be raised at the register!
* 100% of funds raised through in-store purchases will benefit local
member food banks. Donations will be localized.
Red Nose Day is back THURSDAY for its fifth year in America, encouraging everyone to come together to end child poverty, one nose at a time. www.rednoseday.org. Money raised supports projects that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, including programs at Feeding America member food banks in all 50 states.
Americans of all ages can get in on the fun and support the cause by wearing their Red Noses and watching the special night of TV on NBC.
Fighting Hunger 'One Red Nose at a Time'
With the support of millions of generous Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, in just four years, Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million to help end child poverty here in America and around the world.
Publix 'Food For Sharing' Delivers Too!
Publix Super Markets has been a frequent and generous supporter of our mission of Feeding Hope Across Alabama. Their Food for Sharing program, held twice a year in the spring and fall, gives Publix patrons an opportunity to donate food to help OUR neighbors in need. Emphasizing OUR neighbors - is an important distinction, because the support you provide when you contribute while going through the checkout line stays in the River Region.
Today, River Region Publix Super Market leadership personally delivered a $6,965.87 check, which represented part of the proceeds from Food For Sharing. This past Friday morning, Publix made another delivery of 10,178 pounds of nutrition! When addressing the success of the Food For
Sharing, which has raised more than $81 million in food since 2009, Publix Super Markets says, “None of this would be possible without your help. So let’s keep doing good together.” We couldn’t have said it any better. THANK YOU!
We’re sending out a huge THANK YOU to the Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF), who once again included MAFB iwhen they awarded grant yesterday support to several nonprofit missions in Montgomery, Elmore, and Autauga counties.
Central Alabama Community Foundation has been a long-time and generous supporter of MAFB, as well as many of the local community agencies we support. CACF gives more than 5 million dollars in grants and scholarships annually.
Central Alabama Community Foundation 'Grants' Assistance
The Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) was awarded a $41,500 grant by the Morgan Stanley Foundation recently to increase the food bank’s ability to access, transport store and provide more nutritious fruits and vegetables to families in need.
MAFB is one of six food banks to receive funding from Morgan Stanley as part of a $250,000 gift to Feeding America® member food banks. “Our focus is on hunger,” said Richard A. Deem, Chief Executive Officer, “But, our partnership to increase fresh produce capacity is very exciting. We’re not only fighting hunger, but we’re also able to provide the building blocks of a healthier community.”
Since 2009, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has partnered with Feeding America to support food bank programs that help end hunger throughout the United States. In that time, Morgan Stanley has supported 117 food banks in 41 states with grants for child nutrition programs, and more recently, produce programs. For more than 50 years, Morgan Stanley has been committed to helping children get a healthy start in life and having access to food is essential to this mission.
Morgan Stanley also provided MAFB $75,000 in grant awards targeting Child Hunger, as well as another grant to recognize their Montgomery employee volunteer efforts led by Lawrence Oakley, a member of MAFB’s Board of Directors.
“We are honored to join the Montgomery Area Food Bank in its important fight against hunger,” said Montgomery Morgan Stanley Branch Manager Francisco D'Oliveira. “Through this grant we can help provide even more people with the fresh produce they need to thrive. But our commitment extends beyond financial support. Our employees regularly volunteer at the food bank, individually supporting our culture of giving back.”
Morgan Stanley Awards $41,500 Grant, Expanding Fresh Produce Capacity
WSFA12News Annual Summer Food & Fund Drive
THANK YOU RIVER REGION!
Thank you - WSFA12News; Dixie Electric Cooperative; Renfroe's Market and Capitol Chevrolet for sponsoring and conducting an AMAZING, successful and heartwarming Annual Food & Fund Drive!
The 2018 Grand Totals are:
$15,288 and 8,976 pounds of donated nonperishable assistance...everything from food items to diapers!