GRANT, Alabama – According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2020, approximately 14 million American households faced food insecurity, unsure of where their next meal will come from.
Food insecurity is widespread in the Tennessee Valley. In Marshall County, Grant First Baptist Church hosts a food bank to meet this need.
Every Monday from 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., a group of dedicated volunteers fill and distribute boxes of food to members of the community. The Pantry Department is an agency of the Food Bank of North Alabama. Throughout the week, they collect food from the Food Bank of North Alabama, Walmart, and other donations. Volunteers spend time making 125 boxes to distribute.
Each box is designed to provide people with a balanced diet, intended to feed four people for two meals.
âWe have bread, fresh vegetables and raw vegetables,â said volunteer Jane Lemon.
Directors Joe and Georgia Adair told News 19 that there is an urgent need for food in their community, which is why they continue to serve.
âGod said I was hungry and you fed me and that really stands out in today’s economy,â said Georgia Adair, director.
During the pandemic, the group had to reduce the number of boxes they manufacture because fewer people come to collect them at the dedicated time. They said they were making 100 more boxes, but they know there are still people who need food.
âI guess you notice the connection between the recipient and the people who help us get to know them if they are sick and if they need prayer or something, then they know where to come,â said Georgia Adair.
The Food Bank Department is looking for more volunteers to help pack the boxes and collect the food.
If you need help with food and would like to qualify for a box of food, call Grant First Baptist Church at (256) 728-2246
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