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 anti-hunger activists 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 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.
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.
MAFB also responds to local, state-wide, and regional disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the April 2011 tornado outbreak; we provided, in a very timely manner, over 1 million pounds of relief product on both occasions.
Our Emergency On-site Food Pantry Program (Agencies): (largest distribution program). A partner agency such as a church or other non-profit 501 (c) (3) provides accommodations within their establishment to store and distribute the food they receive to needy individuals and families who come to them for assistance.
Our Mobile Pantry Program(MP). An 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.