Our mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow.

We believe no one in Alabama should go hungry. We believe there is a solution to the problem of hunger in Alabama. For every person who is currently in need, there are even more people in Alabama willing and able to reach out with a helping hand.

How does food banking work?

The Community Food Bank of central Alabama operates as a food distribution center. We purchase food from industry sources, and we receive surplus food reclaimed from local grocery stores. (We also welcome food donations from the community!) In turn, we distribute that food to over 260 nonprofits in the community who act as our agency partners. The agencies receive food from the Community Food Bank and distribute that food to those in need, free of charge. 

We do not distribute food directly from our facility, but we operate a number of public food distributions, called Mobile Pantries, which we host around our 12-county area. When we identify a gap, either geographically or demographically, that leaves specific populations vulnerable to hunger, we operate direct meal programs that foster healthy food access for those at risk of hunger. You can find these distributions on the calendar on our Find Food page.

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Do you volunteer for the Community Food Bank? Some companies will even donate to us (a Volunteer Grant) in return for your time!

Hunger in central Alabama

We’ve done the research, now we’re doing the work.

The Community Food Bank of central Alabama is committed to closing the Meal Gap. Learn more about what our neighbors need, and how to help.

How You Can Help

Due to increased unemployment, lack of school meals, and decreased work capability, food insecurity is at an all-time high.

The Community Food Bank of central Alabama is rising to meet this need, but we need your help. We are in need of volunteers and donations, but the best way to help us is through financial support. We are able to stretch each dollar to feed four people. Through your direct donations, we can reach more people. Any amount helps. You can donate using the link below, or mail a check to the Community Food Bank of central Alabama, PO Box 55029, Birmingham, AL 35255.

Need Assistance Now?

Need Food? The Community Food Bank provides food for over 260 Partner Agencies (soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, etc.), as well as hosts Mobile Pantry distributions. To find the closest one to you, click the button below.

Need additional assistance? United Way’s 211 services can help you find any type of assistance that you need, whether it is food, shelter, clothing, utility assistance, and more. If you are in the Birmingham area and need assistance, dial 2-1-1 for United Way’s Referral Line, or if you have internet access, you can reach the guided referral system below.

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