Our Programs

We take a two fold approach to end hunger in North Alabama.

First, we offer hunger relief programs that immediately feed hungry people in need.

 Second, we address hunger’s root causes through local food initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and healthy food access. 

Hunger Relief Programs

Our hunger relief programs meet the needs of people at risk of hunger today.

Feeding Neighbors in Need

Each year we supply 8 million pounds of food to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and children’s programs across 11 counties in North Alabama. Together we feed over 80,000 people at risk of hunger.

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The Good Food Project

70% of the families we feed have a household member with high blood pressure. The Food Bank has partnered with dietitians and grocers like Kroger to offer special meals and menus to help families learn how to prevent or alleviate diet-related diseases.

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Backpack Programs

We partner with companies and churches to provide weekend meal kits to students who depend upon school meals and may go without when school is closed. The kits ensure children arrive to school Monday morning ready to learn without the distraction of hunger.

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Grocery Store Donation Program

Five days a week we pick up food donations from over 70 local grocery stores.  The program saves over 4 million pounds of food a year from going to waste in local landfills and instead feeds our region’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Disaster Response

We play a vital role in responding to emergencies that impact our region, including tornadoes and floods.  We supply emergency food and water to residents directly impacted by disasters.

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SNAP Outreach

We work with community partners to identify families in need of food assistance who may be eligible for the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps). We help families through the application process and connect them to farmers markets that accept SNAP benefits.

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Summer Meals

When school lets out, thousands of low-income children across north Alabama miss the school meals they received during the school year.  Summer Meal Programs ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals even when schools are not in session.

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Local Food Initiatives

The second part of the Food Bank’s mission is creating solutions that will end hunger tomorrow. Each of these solutions focuses on developing and supporting local food entrepreneurship.

Double Up Food Bucks

We help families access fresh foods from local farmers by promoting the use of SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) at farmers markets. For every SNAP dollar spent at a participating farmers market, we double the value up to $20.

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The Farm Food Collaborative

We help family farmers sell locally grown fruits and vegetables to schools, workplace cafeterias and grocery stores. The program supports Alabama farmers, strengthens our local economy and creates easy access to fresh, healthy food choices!

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The Hiatt Loan Fund

This fund provides micro-loans to family farmers and entrepreneurs who create jobs and healthy food access in underserved neighborhoods. The fund is operated by our non-profit partner Neighborhood Concepts.

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Diaper Bank

We host the North Alabama location of the National Diaper, distributing diapers through our 250 nonprofit partners, who then share them with families in need.

The Diaper Bank

We help provide diapers and wipes to our 250 nonprofit partners, who then distribute them to families in need. Families that struggle to buy food also struggle to buy diapers so the issues are connected. Strong families = strong communities. 

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