From Food Bank:
Huntsville, Ala., North Alabama drivers will be sharing the road soon with the Food Bank of North Alabama’s latest tool to end hunger – a new refrigerated Freightliner truck.
The truck, made possible by a $100,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities, will ensure safe pickup and distribution of perishable food to people in need in the Food Bank’s 11-county service area.
“We are very appreciative of Publix and Publix Charities’ continued commitment to help the community,” said Food Bank Executive Director Shirley Schofield. “Publix contributes to our community on a daily basis with regular food donations, monetary assistance and volunteerism. We are proud to be their partner.”
With more than 151,000 residents at risk of hunger in the area, an additional truck of this size is important to the Food Bank’s mission of helping the elderly, children and the ill.
“Our trucks are on the road five days a week, picking up donated food from about 40 store partners, all while the Food Bank has increased efforts to reach our more rural communities,” Schofield said. “This additional truck is vital to seeing the freshest, most nutritious food gets to those areas.”
One in four children in North Alabama is at risk of hunger, as is almost one in four seniors. Mobile pantries, where the Food Bank uses its trucks to take food to them, is a way to get more food to areas that traditionally are underserved.
The Food Bank of North Alabama distributes food to about 250 partners, such as church food pantries, residential homes, soup kitchens and shelters. Last year, the Food Bank was responsible for the distribution of more than 7 million meals to help those in need.
If you see the new truck sporting art work of the wonderful produce Publix donates, along with logos for the Food Bank and Publix Super Markets Charities, feel free to wave at the driver. He’s likely hauling food to help your neighbors.
Media availability: You are invited to see the new truck and interview Food Bank staff on Sept. 7, Thursday, at 10 a.m. If you’d like to observe a food donation pickup or ride along with the driver as he picks up food donations after the news conference, let us know and we can provide that opportunity.
Media Contact: Laura Fincher