Don Rager of Woodforest National Bank, (right, with MAFBs Al Bloom), stopped by this morning very apologetic for not being able to remember who he spoke with earlier. Of course, given the fact he was here to present a $2,640 check - in support of our Senior Supplement Program (SSP), we assured him that he or anyone else from Woodforest’s five local branches (located inside Walmart stores) are welcome to stop by any time they’d like!
On a serious note; Seniors on fixed incomes are all too often forced to choose between food and basic necessities like utilities, transportation, housing and medication. Our SSP strives to take food insecurity for Seniors…off the table.
Thank you Woodforest Charitable Foundation for your support.
We have more than 5,000 reasons to say THANK YOU to USAmeriBank who conducted a highly successful Hunger Action Month Food & Fund Drive. Throughout the month all six River Region branches held different enticements like tickets to an Alabama or Auburn game to boost customer and staff participation. Not to be outdone, USAmeriBank Headquarters in Tampa, Fla., then matched the total raised. This morning our Director Parke Hinman (in the middle happily holding the $5007.10 check) received the outstanding news from River Region branch leadership. Thank you…one more can’t hurt!
Grand totals are still coming in from the countless Food & Fund Drives held in support of Hunger Action Month. Once again the River Region’s 14 Dollar Tree stores and YOU - came through with an amazing Food Drive total of 7,409 pounds / more than 3 tons of nonperishable food. Thank you - one and all - for your support.
2015 (We had to start somewhere)
The folks at WoodmenLife know firsthand about the Montgomery Area Food Bank’s (MAFB) Volunteer Center, having made the fight against hunger a National Community Focus (NCF) and devoting personal support of our mission with sweat equity.
But recently representatives from WoodmenLife; Darrell Phillips (2nd from left),
(Meredith Campbell (center left), Vonita Edwards and Haley Clements (far right to left) stopped by to present our Cheri O’Dellfar left) and Fund/Food Drives-Events & Volunteer Coordinator Teressa Millwood (center right) with $1,000 bankable equity in support of our Volunteer Center and Hunger Action Month.
All year WoodmenLife has been sponsoring a variety of local and national events to mark its 125th anniversary as well as its first-ever NCF – fighting hunger. Well Done!
WoodmenLife Marks 125th by Giving Back
A Harvest of Giving (AHOG)
Compiling additional editions
It’s official: The Montgomery Fire Department defended its ‘Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge – World Challenge’ Championship title Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in downtown Montgomery, Ala.
The old adage that states repeating is often harder than winning the first time was proven, considering it took Montgomery’s Blue Team to set a new Relay Race world record with a time of 1:05.54, to secure the title.
Along with securing the World Championship, the firefighters also secured almost a ton of non-perishable food, by encouraging the fans who were coming to encourage them, to make a donation at the free, family-friendly event. Image by Shannon Heupel/Montgomery Advertiser.
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) Customer Service Supervisor, Daryl Bradford addresses 300 agency representatives in attendance at Friday’s Fourth Annual Agency Conference within Montgomery’s Dalraida Church of Christ, 3740 Atlanta Highway.
It takes a network of dedicated professionals, volunteers and constantly resilient collaborative efforts to have hope of effectively combating an issue as pervasive as hunger. Collective partnerships with local partner agencies enables MAFB to provide assistance in 35 of Alabama’s 67 counties, with a staff of less than 30 people!
Our very own swashbuckling Jolene Kearns hands our smiles in the form of sweets during this year's annual Sheriff Department Spooktacular in the Alcazar Shriner’s Temple.
Children, 11 and under, came out in their favorite costumes for this safe,1-stop, trick-or-treat extravaganza!
Leadership from the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) came by today to donate three full pallets or 4,020 jars of peanut butter!
Together, with Peanut Proud and SouthernAg Carriers, their donation commemorates National Peanut Butter Lovers Month (November). It also represents enough peanut butter to make more than 72,000 sandwiches!
Thank you for your support. We'll be sure to 'spread' it around!!
We love it when a plan comes together! Today we conducted a Mobile Pantry in Luverne spearheaded by our agency Color Full Visions and supported by 22 volunteers from Pepsi Bottling Group (celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year) and the community.
Our Mobile Pantry deliveries are hyper-efficient means of strengthening communities, while combating hunger. Today 27,124 pounds of assistance were delivered directly to pre-qualified families in need at one time, in one location.
Two hundred eighty six (286) families arrived early this morning to line-up their vehicles in anticipation of the arrival of our refrigerated truck. Once all 13.56 tons of assistance were unloaded, the food positioned to allow volunteers to deliver assistance as drivers slowly drove through distribution lines.
Our process of verifying need, provides us insight into who was helped today:
Households – 286
People in Poverty – 631
Children (18 & under) – 159.
Providing the assistance or receiving it – we find the reaction is in many cases the same – joy.
THANK YOU! More than 400 runners participated in this year's Turkey Burner! The event, which seems to get larger every year raised a "Pick-up" fill of donated non-perishable food as well as $2,000 - donated by runners and organizers.
THANK YOU! To River Bank, who raised $2,868 during their Annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon at Bonefish Grill in the Shoppes in EastChase.
THANK YOU! To Starke Agency, Inc., who thinks of us every year and this year raised $555.19 as well as 129 pounds of food.
THANK YOU! to Troy University - Montgomery Campus' Nursing Honor Society Alpha Psi Nu, who raised $506 and 171 pounds of food!.
THANK YOU! TrustMark Bank's Mark Hope & Tod Etheredge (l,r) present a $415 check to our Parke Hinman (center) - the proceeds of TurstMark staff's donations to "Jeans & Jersey Friday".
It's a beautiful day! WSFA, Dixie Electric Cooperative and Cumulus Media are conducting their annual 12 Day of Giving from now until 7 pm (Friday) in front of the Walmart on Atlanta Highway. For years; this drive has enabled Alabamians in the River Region to share the spirit of
the holidays by helping one another.
Participation is made easy, since volunteers will be on hand to accept donations by creating a drive-thru, meaning you won’t even need to get out of your car.
Throughout the day (Friday), those volunteers will help collect non-perishable food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank, toys for the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tot's program, and assistance for HandsOn River Region’s Christmas Clearinghouse. * More Images - click here.
Alabama Power’s Mike Jordan (center, flanked by our Jolene Kearns and Parke Hinman, l-r) personally delivered some amazing news recently: Alabama Power approved a $20,000 grant award in support of our Mobile Pantry (MP)/Exercise, Nutrition and Diet (END) Project, which emphasizes addressing immediate hunger needs, while simultaneously creating END program "teaching moments” in support of healthier outcomes.
Thank You to TJX Companies Inc., who is the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, as well as The TJX Foundation. In November the separate stores in the River Region held a fundraiser which garnered $2,000 – which in and of itself is wonderful.
However, TJX Foundation is a consistent supporter with a genuine sense of community. As they were preparing to send us the fund raiser proceeds, TJX Foundation donated an additional $7,500!
When it comes to consistent grant support of our mission we count ourselves fortunate to be an eligible organization located within Norfolk Southern Corporation territory. Norfolk Southern Foundation recently informed us we’d been awarded a $10,000 grant.
This award notice came only weeks after by a separate award of $10,000, with a note THANKING US for helping those in need.
We are always humbled when that kind of sentiment is conveyed, but we fully realize our mission only gets accomplished through inspiring donations such as these, and those made by so many of YOU individually, whether they be monetary, food or volunteering, your support is what keeps us going.
This grant (Alabama Power is a long-time friend of the food bank) will provide between 65 and 98 TONS of FOOD, while also supporting the delivery of invaluable nutrition education materials to approximately 3,700 to 4,600 Alabamians!
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A special Thank You also goes out to our friends at The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, for their amazingly generous grant award of $25,000! The Daniel Foundation of Alabama has long been a supportive partner in combating hunger throughout Alabama.
This grant award marks the fifth time the foundation has supported our Mobile Pantry Program. In the past they've also "supplemented" our Senior Supplement Program, and provided an incredible $50,000 to the Capital Campaign, which helped to enable us to construct our newest warehouse building!
Montgomery Area Food Bank
"Feeding Hope Across Alabama"
521 Trade Center Street | Montgomery AL 36108 | 334-263-3784
One out of five of us deal with Food Insecurity, which means four out of five of us could help!