Our Exercise, Nutrition and Diet (END) Programis a free program presenting mini- seminars that teach and encourage our needy clients to take responsibility for their health by eating healthier and getting active!
Focus on Fresh! Produce Reclamation and Distribution Program allows us to procure (by purchasing at an extremely discounted rate or by salvaging) and distribute fresh produce- by the truckload.
Our Volunteers participating in our Volunteer Program are absolutely vital to the MAFB - without YOU, we would not be able to reach out to so many families. Our new Volunteer Center features 2,000 square feet of essential space to host even more volunteer groups and individuals, like you, who want to make a difference in their community! We can also accommodate workplace events and other groups. It's a great way to build your team while working on a community- focused project. To volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application, and e-mail it to Teressa Vigneault Millwood or call her at 334-263-3784. Want to stay up to date on the latest volunteer information?
MAFB has built a network of supports of Anti-hunger Activism who are motivated to act on behalf of our neighbors in need. We enjoy strong public support (15,000 current opt-in subscribers to our newsletter "The Heart of Alabama"), and a growing number of community volunteers and activists. This powerful network ensures that the issue of food insecurity is of constant concern and raised awareness.
We proactively develop and execute an informative and empathetic Communications Plan which features an Editorial Calendar in support of talking points related to hunger in Alabama, as well as, the unhealthy outcomes derived from diet-related, chronic diseases associated with consuming high caloric foods to stave off hunger, which have been engineered with addictive amounts of sugar, salt and fat.
We were among the first to join the emerging River Region Food Policy Council and are helping to guide the development of this coalition of like-minded nonprofits, the public sector, farmers and businesses to address issues associated with food insecurity and health in the River Region.
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) also responds to local, state-wide, and regional disasters. MWe have a history of Disaster Relief response, and consider it a vitally important aspect of our mission. In the aftermath of the devastation of the tornadoes which hit the Southern Tuscaloosa area April 27, 2011, MAFB was on scene delivering assistance the very next day – and stayed on station for more than a month to provide more than one million meals.
During our Fiscal Year 2016 we responded to two more weather-related disasters. After our neighbors in Elba suffered severe flooding, you responded in full force to a Food & Fund Drive conducted in the Dillard’s parking lot and spearheaded by WSFA12 News; Dixie Electric Cooperative and iHeart Radio. Your generosity and supplies from our Disaster Relief Program filled a 53’ trailer with food, water, cleaning supplies, clothes and raised more than $9,000!
Later that same year, a front of rainstorms moved into the area adjacent to Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La. and STOPPED! Over the next three days record rainfall (an estimated 7.1 trillion gallons or enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain four times over) displaced families and stymied the operations of the local Feeding America® network food banks. So, MAFB packed up 5 tons of assistance and sent two of our staff to nearby New Orleans where they supported the relief efforts making deliveries of supplies to Covington, Hammond, Metairie and Baton Rouge, La.
More recently; the Feeding America® network of food banks have already allocated or shipped 13 truckloads (53’ trailers) of assistance to impacted food banks in the Carolinas as a result of Hurricane Florence. Our 200-member national network is also working closely with government and disaster-relief partners to access more resources for struggling communities.Donating money rather that food and/or cleaning supplies is arguably the best way to help this and/or any disaster relief effort. However, Feeding America® network members will continue to provide products ranging from bottled water, hand-held snacks, pop-top ready-to-eat items, shelf-stable pantry items, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items and will move forward with the deployment of ongoing assistance which align with the needs of impacted network food banks.
Our Emergency On-site Food Pantry Program: Our local community partner agency program is the largest program we have. Agencies, are churches or other non-profit 501 (c) (3) which establish a working relationship with us to help their neighbors in need.
Agencies usually operate as a food pantry, which stores and distributes the provisions they receive, or a feeding kitchen which secures provisions from MAFB and either distribute or serve their neighbors in need.
Meal Delivery Programs. We provide food for partner agencies that prepare hot meals and, through volunteers, deliver those meals to needy, homebound, elderly, and disabled people.
We work with Four Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs) and more than 800 local, neighborhood partner agencies to distribute food to our neighbors in need throughout our 35-county service area.
Our Mobile Pantry Program (MP) is designed to distribute a truckload of nutritious product directly to the needy residents in a neighborhood chosen by the sponsoring agency. MPs are one of our primary means of expanding our outreach into historically underserved areas especially distant, impoverished, rural locations.
OurChild Hunger Program operates because it's universally recognized that a child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough food to eat today. Unfortunately in America, 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal. For the more than 12 million kids in the U.S. facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a daily challenge.
MAFB operates three program models: our Mobile Pantry, Exercise, Nutrition and Diet Program, and F.O.R.K. or School Pantry Program and our direct support of a cadre of partner agencies, which have a primary focus on operating Backpack Programs. This three-pronged approach allows us to feed as many children as possible with a conscious effort to ensure social (from fellow students) stigma avoidance.