Our Programs

We served 19.4 million pounds of food in 2021.

The Community Food Bank distributes millions of meals across central Alabama each year. We accomplish this through two main venues – partner agencies and intentional meal programs.

We work with over 230 agency partners who provide direct distribution to their local communities. We do our best to reach every part of our 12-county service 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.

Mobile Pantries

Due to Covid, we have directed the majority of our programming attention to our Mobile Pantries.

We make healthy food accessible by bringing food pantries directly to areas of need. These mobile food distributions are contact-free, drive up opportunities to get food in your area. These follow a “Truck to Trunk” model, where we drive the food out, pre-packed into boxes, and then distribute it to anyone who comes. There is no income requirement or identification needed, and you are welcome to carpool. Each adult in the car qualifies to get a household food box.

The food at these Mobile Pantry distributions is nutritious and varied, and we aim to provide meat, fruit, vegetables, and dairy. There is a limited amount of food at each distribution, so be sure to arrive early. You can find a calendar of distribution events on our Find Food page.

Agency Network of Partners

Across our 12-county footprint, the Community Food Bank partners with over 230 agencies, including soup kitchens, shelters, church food pantries, children's programs, and veterans' programs to get food into the hands of our neighbors. This network of Partner Agencies enables existing nonprofits to reach more people. We provide them with food safety training and supply food, and they distribute it free of charge to our neighbors in need. Our partner agencies provided over 14,154,883 lbs. of food to 283,945 individuals during 2021.

If you or someone you know is in need, the most effective way to get emergency food is through an Agency in your community.

Is your nonprofit organization interested in becoming a Partner Agency? We would love to have you on our team!

Kids Meal Campaign

Our Kids Meals Campaign provides children with year-round access to healthy meals

Family Markets (school-based food pantries)

Kids Café Summer Meals Program (free lunch & snack for children during the summer months)

Kids Café Afterschool Meals Program (Free meal after school, provided during the school months)

Benefit Enrollment / SNAP

If you live in Alabama or Mississippi and need to apply for food stamps – now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – we can help. We’ll walk you through the application process, and help you determine if you meet the income guidelines for food assistance benefits.

The Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) helps eligible low-income adults, seniors, and individuals with disabilities find and enroll in benefit programs that can help you towards affording necessities like prescriptions, insurance, and housing costs.

To apply, or for more information, contact us at: Phone: 1-877-833-2550
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Email: outreach@feedingthegulfcoast.org
Online: benefitsenrollmentcenter.org

Senior Meals Program

Senior hunger is often hidden. The Community Food Bank is working hard to meet the needs of our seniors through several avenues.

  • Senior Grocery Program
  • Benefit Enrollment Center
  • Food Insecurity Medical Screenings

Food Recovery

At the Community Food Bank, sustainability is key. Our fleet of refrigerated trucks is on the road 5 days per week picking up donated food from our retail partners to distribute throughout our community.

  • Recruited over 100 grocery stores to donate wholesome fresh produce, meats, and dry goods
  • Prevents food from going to waste in local landfills & instead provides meals to neighbors in need
  • Annually we save over 7 million pounds of produce, proteins, and dry goods from being discarded.

In 2020, we recovered over $12 million worth of food, and work every day to ensure no food goes to waste.

Disaster Response

During times of crisis, the Community Food Bank is ready to step in and provide emergency assistance when and where needed most

  • Provides emergency food and water in times of crisis like tornadoes or floods
  • Able to establish temporary emergency food pantries in affected communities
  • Offer long-term support through large scale food distributions in affected areas