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!
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!
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.
While we’re proud of the fact Montgomery Area Food Bank has been “Feeding Hope” for more than 30 years now, the
Working Woman's Home Association Grant Award
Each January the Working Woman’s Home Association (WWHA) distributes grant monies to agencies whose projects aid women, children, and the elderly. Recently, in a ceremony held in Montgomery’s Trinity Baptist Church, WWHA awarded an amazingly generous $15,000 grant in support of our Mobile Pantry/Exercise, Nutrition and Diet (MP/END) program.
We are truly humbled to partner with the Working Woman’s Home Association in their longtime efforts to Feed Hope. Thank you
MAFB CEO Offers Thanks, Mission Insight
Chief Executive Officer, Richard Deem's recent appearance on WSFA 12 News' 12Talk, provided an opportunity to offer thanks to the community for its continued support.
Deem was also able to offer insight into the scope and vital necessity of the Montgomery Area Food Bank mission.
Working Woman’s Home is the oldest continuing charity in Montgomery. In 1881, a group of 39 Montgomery women met to form and organize a home for Working Women and the Helpless.
Delivering assistance to food insecure families throughout Montgomery Area Food Bank’s (MAFB) 24,921 square mile service area requires the use of heavy duty commercial trucks. It’s a relatively straight-forward equation – more trucks equal more capacity. However, to continue to deliver increasing amounts of nutritious, fresh food and have any hope of expanding that capability, MAFB requires heavy duty commercial refrigerated trucks.
Recently, Publix Super Markets Charities, strengthened that equation when representatives of Publix Super Markets from throughout the River Region delivered the keys to a brand new $150,000, 26’ refrigerated truck. “We simply cannot thank the folks at Publix enough,” said the food bank’s CEO Richard A. Deem. “Our refrigerated truck capacity dictates how much fresh, nutrient-dense food we can accept, and in turn distribute. This donation strengthens our entire process, and has a direct, positive impact on the health of many low-income, at-risk Alabama families.”
MAFB’s good fortune is a part of an amazingly generous $5 million donation by Publix Super Markets Charities to members of the Feeding America® network. River Region Publix Super Markets also conduct successful annual outreach “Food for All” and “Food for Sharing” food & fund drives, as well as participating in a program where the new refrigerated truck will be essential.
“We’re very happy to be able to help Montgomery Area Food Bank,” said Ken Wilson, Publix Super Markets, District Manager. “All of our stores partner with Feeding America Food Banks and through the Publix Perishable Recovery Program, we’re able to provide perfectly good food, which would often otherwise go to waste. Increasing their refrigerated truck capacity means less of our neighbors go hungry.”
Having that increased capacity as well as retail food suppliers like Publix Super Markets willing to fill those trucks several times over, not only makes MAFB more capable of fighting hunger, but gives the food bank an ability to impact the health of the Alabama demographic group most susceptible to diet-related, chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cardiac disease.
“We have an Education, Nutrition and Diet program, which has been integrated into our Mobile Pantry program,” explained Deem. “A single Mobile Pantry delivery provides between five to 7 tons of assistance to between 200-250 families with verified need, at one place and at one time.
“At the same time, we also provide nutritional education materials. Now, we’ve all read about good nutrition, and on its own it can be a challenging subject to talk about to folks who are staving off hunger with cheap, high calorie food. But, when we’re able to deliver fresh produce or fresh meats at the same time, we suddenly realize a more effective teaching moment. People are thrilled. They talk about and share recipes they haven’t used for a while. It’s no longer nutrition education. It becomes a moment of community and sharing…all because we have the support of our community and a refrigerated truck!”
Publix Super Markets Making a 10-Wheeled Difference
Event: Sonic Automotive Pre-owned Super Sale - Food Drive - WIN A BRAND NEW CHEVROLET SPARK or $10,000 Check Option
Date:: March 16,17,18 from 10 am - 8 pm (Drawing to be held April 1st, 5 pm)
Description: Sonic Automotive is giving you a chance to win a new car, while supporting the Montgomery Area Food Bank and/or Elmore County Humane Society! Register to win by making a 3 or 4 item non-perishable food donation.
The four Sonic Automotive dealerships (Classic Buick GMC Cadillac, Capitol Hyundai, BMW Montgomery and Capitol Chevrolet) will have more than 400 pre-owned vehicles for you to test drive. The winner can choose between a brand-new Chevrolet Spark or $10,000!
Drawing to be held April 1st at 5 pm. Winner MUST BE present. For more details please contact Capitol Chevrolet at (888) 311-4644
Help a Neighbor, Win a Car!
The Food Frenzy Returns to Alabama Law Firms
SPRING CLEANING: Montgomery Clean City Commission
Montgomery Clean City Commission, AARP Alabama, MAX Credit Union, City Councilman Richard Bollinger and Gilmore Services will be offering free on-site document destruction on Friday, April 21st from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm.
The event is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identity theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to five (5) bags or boxes of old personal information to a mobile shredding truck that will be located in the south parking lot of Garrett Coliseum.
The event is intended for private residential document shredding, not for business or company disposal. No advance document No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or rubber bands
Gilmore Services (www.gilmoreservices.com) guarantees that all confidential records are disposed of properly. All shredded paper will be recycled. Event participants are asked to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank. For more info, call MCCC at (334) 625-2175.
Annual Montgomery City-County Public Library Food for Fines campaign
Rarely - if ever - will you have a librarian THANK YOU for bringing a book or media item back late!
Unless, of course, it was during the Annual Montgomery City-County Public Library Food for Fines campaign, when you can bring in a non-perishable (no glass/minimum 13 oz.) food item and and your overdue item to take advantage of the opportunity to clear your "Permanent Record"!
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 5, 2017) - - Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) delivered more than 27 TONS of assistance early this morning which will provide assistance to more than 450 families through a Mobile Pantry distribution conducted by Family Guidance Center of Alabama (FGCA). This Mega Mobile Pantry/ Exercise, Nutrition and Diet (MP/END) Program delivery represents MAFB’s most efficient means of fighting hunger - in one place, at one time, and is part of a $15,000 grant award from Montgomery’s Working Woman’s Home Association (WWHA).
“The Family Guidance Center is one of our agencies, which has an existing Food Pantry on its premises,” said Jolene Kearns, who serves as MAFB’s Programs Development Manager. “However, they also organize an annual Mobile Pantry n Montgomery, which has grown over the years.
“This year they have more than 450 pre-qualified families, so we knew we’d have to multiply our regular single MP distribution, which provides between 5 and 7 Tons of assistance,” added Kearns. “While this isn’t the first time we’ve delivered a ‘Triple MP’, this is one of the largest single event deliveries we’ve made. It’s exciting! We’re going to be helping approximately 1,200 People In Poverty (2.7 people per household/family average) with an estimated 500 of them (40%) being children ”
“It is the partnership and support of the Montgomery Area Food Bank that makes this event possible,” explained Barrett. “The Food Bank has established itself as a premier food donation and distribution agency, “Feeding Hope Across Alabama” is a motto the Food Bank lives every day.. We have vetted over 450 families who are eligible to receive food today, and we’re excited to provide nearly 27 tons of food for these families. Through Montgomery Area’s Food Bank’s partnerships with agencies like ours, local families benefit greatly. ”
While MAFB may be a force multiplier for local community agencies, in order to do so, it continually gathers assets through means ranging from Food and Fund Dives of various sizes, and individual philanthropic support to wholesale and retail food distributor donations and corporate agreements often secured nationally by Feeding America® and executed locally throughout the national network.
In this case, the FGCA’s Mega MP/END was underwritten by part of a $15,000 grant award. The Working Woman’s Home Association (WWHA) is the oldest continuing charity in Montgomery. In 1881, a group of 39 Montgomery women met to form and organize a home for Working Women and the Helpless. Each January WWHA distributes grant monies to agencies whose projects aid women, children, and the elderly.
Culmination of Community Building Efforts Result in Mega Mobile Pantry
FGCA has been helping to strengthen families in Alabama since 1959. “As the needs of families change, the agency redesigns or establishes new services to meet those changing needs,” according to Sue Barrett, FGSA’a Assistant Executive Director. “Food insecurity has been a growing need among local families for many years. “According to Kids Count 2016, as many as 24% of Montgomery County’s children face food insecurity issues every day. Child wellness and a hopeful future are dependent on adequate, sustained nutrition; it’s a cornerstone to healthy people and healthy communities.”
As a local community agency FGCA, Montgomery joins hundreds of united community efforts participating in MAFB Community Outreach programs. Agencies, almost 80% of which are faith-based, go through a strict screening process and are responsible for maintaining meticulous records of how they utilize the support they receive, as well as qualifications in food safety. Today’s distribution marks the 11th year FGCA has hosted a Mobile Pantry, and today event is the largest of the agency’s three annual food outreach events for families throughout the state.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey officially proclaimed April 24 – May 5, 2017 Alabama Legal Food Frenzy Weeks today in the Capitol Building’s Old House Chamber.
On hand to witness the signing were (L-R) Alabama State Bar Commissioners Flynn Mozingo and George Parker, Division Chief, Alabama Attorney General's Office and representing the Alabama Food Bank Association, Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) Board of Directors (BOD) member Olivia Martin, Alabama Credit Union Administration, Administrator and Vice President of MAFB’s BOD Sarah H. Moore, MAFB Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Deem and State of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.
To say this year's WSFA12News' Annual Summer Food/Fund Drive, was a success would not do it justice. Once again, the River Region showed why we say we live in the Heart of Alabama.
Long-time co/sponsors Dixie Electric Cooperative, were joined by Renfroe’s Market and Adam’s Drugs. In fact, Renfroe's Market - CHANTILLY, 9168 Eastchase Pkwy. is still selling special products in support of the drive until tomorrow!
Amazing Donation !
We consider ourselves fortunate to receive the continued support of our community, but it's not everyday someone donates a pick-up bed full of boxes and buckets filled with coins, and then leaves before we can ask his name and thank him! Thank you, kind sir.
Publix Super Markets continued commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves, was once again on display today, when representatives from Publix Super Markets Jacksonville Region, Alabama District and local River Region Store Managers presented Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB), CEO Rich Deem with an $11, 442,43 check - the proceeds of the “Food For All” campaign held during the 2016 Holiday Season.
“It’s clear Publix Super Markets takes community responsibility very seriously,” said Deem. “To tell you the truth, it’s gotten to the point where, when we get a call from Publix saying they’d like to come visit, we get excited, because we know something good is about to happen.”
Publix Super Markets has been doing “something good” on a regular basis. Publix Super Markets conducts two hunger-related annual campaigns. They present donation cards representing three pre-designed levels of helping to fight hunger, while customers are at the checkout in the spring (Food For Sharing) and in the fall (Food For All). Once the customer selects a donation level, the cashier scans the card, and the amount is added to the customer’s total order.
So, if you’ve ever wondered if your donations help – the answer is a resounding – YES!
In January of 2017, Publix Super Markets’ Charities selected MAFB to receive a Special Grant Award of a brand new $150,000, 26’ refrigerated truck. Delivered in late February, MAFB’s good fortune was a part of an amazing Publix Super Markets’ Charities $5 million donation to the Feeding America® network! For MAFB, with a service area of 24, 921 square miles, having a reliable fleet of trucks is essential. Moreover, refrigerated trucks allow us to pick-up and deliver fresh, nutritious foods to our neighbors in need.
The Publix/MAFB partnership in fighting hunger is actually a year ‘round effort. Publix Super Markets’ in-store Perishable Recovery Program. Wholesome foods, which are safe for consumption, but unsalable are donated to Feeding America network member food banks - like MAFB.
Having increased MAFB’s refrigerated truck capacity to take full advantage of the Perishable Recovery Program, Publix has not only increased MAFB’s capacity to accept and distribute fresh, nutritious food, but have filled those trucks several times over throughout the year.
This partnership not only results in MAFB being more capable of fighting hunger, but has a direct, positive upon the health of the Alabama demographic group most susceptible to diet-related, chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cardiac disease.
“We’re very happy to be able to help Montgomery Area Food Bank,” said Ken Wilson, Publix Super Markets, District Manager after he turned over the keys to the new truck in February. “All of our stores partner with Feeding America Food Banks and through the Publix Perishable Recovery Program, we’re able to provide perfectly good food, which would often otherwise go to waste. Increasing their refrigerated truck capacity means less of our neighbors go hungry.”
Still not fulfilled; in April Publix associates were joined by their Wilson and River Region Store Managers to conduct a massive volunteer effort in MAFB’s Volunteer Center, separating and packing donated non-perishable food items.
And then there was Friday, June 16th. That’s the date Publix Super Markets delivered the proceeds of this Spring’s Annual “Food for Sharing” campaign. “All they’ve told us is that there’s nine pallets full of non-perishable assistance,” said Deem, “which meant we knew there would be a heavy load, but 19,148 pounds, that’s a lot of food of sharing!. You know, during these times of talks of budget cuts and partisanship, it touches your heart to see how The River Region responds to neighbors in need"
Publix Super Markets Delivers: 'Food For All', Food For Sharing'