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