“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.” – Jacque Diouf
Alabama is one of the most food-insecure states in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting job losses have worsened this situation for many Alabamians. GBM’s Emergency Food Assistance Program serves families and individuals who are working, have had their wages stolen, have had work hours reduced, faced layoffs, and/or lost their homes. The program also serves a significant number of senior citizens who often must make the difficult choice between two necessities – food and medicine – while others find themselves in the precarious position of taking care of their grandchildren.
It Takes a Village
The Emergency Food Assistance Program could not operate without a “village” of dedicated volunteers and staff. Our staff and volunteers are the heart, soul, and face of the Program. They also oversee the day-to-day upkeep of the Food Pantry, as well as the pick-up, receipt, and sorting of all food donations. Every third Friday is “food day” at GBM when we distribute over 100 bags of groceries, as well as fresh vegetables and fruit. We have adapted food distribution during the pandemic to allow for minimized contact. Staff and volunteers direct cars into an outside parking lot, where we can place groceries directly into clients’ car trunks.