The Community Food Bank works with over 230 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential facilities, and children’s programs across 12 counties in central Alabama. We supply them with a variety of foods including meats, canned goods, fruits, vegetables, bread, and rice. There is no charge for the food, though we do request what is called a “cost-sharing” fee to assist with freight, storage, and sourcing expenses. The fee varies depending upon the item but is no more than sixteen cents per pound. Regularly, we provide fresh produce, eggs, nuts, or other items free for our agencies at pickup, no fee at all.
Organizations can qualify to become one of our partner agencies and take advantage of these services if they: (1) are a church or 501(c)(3) non-profit, (2) agree to follow required food safety standards, and (3) plan to give the food free of charge to the needy, ill, or children.
If your organization is interested in joining our network of partner agencies, please download and complete the application, and return it with the supporting documents requested therein. After reviewing your application, we will schedule a time to visit with you to talk about your program and see your facility. The final step of the process is to have your representatives come to the Community Food Bank for an orientation, where we will walk you through our online ordering system, review membership requirements, and complete a food safety training. Orientations are scheduled as needed and may be facilitated via Zoom.