FROM STAFF REPORTS
In response to the storms that devastated Shelby and Calhoun counties on March 15, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama (CFB) will organize large-scale food distributions in the Mobile Pantry in Pelham and Ohatchee, Ala.
The first will be in Ohatchee on Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. and the second in Pelham on Thursday, July 8 at 10 a.m. These one-day outdoor events will provide households with pre-assembled boxes of shelf-stable products, protein and fresh produce on a first-come, first-served basis to all those in need of food assistance via drive-thru distribution. with or without contact.
The June 25 distribution in Ohatchee will serve 350 households and the July 8 distribution in Pelham will serve 700 households.
âThe storms of March 15 were devastating for our communities in Shelby and Calhoun counties, and we are committed to supporting them,â said Brett R. Meredith, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. âTornadoes do not distinguish who they devastate, and the effects of these storms last a long time, especially in our more rural areas. The community food bank is there for our neighbors across the state.
The main function of the community food bank’s disaster response program is to provide long-term support, once the initial aid has gone and community donations run out. Immediately after natural disasters, the Food Bank coordinates with its partner agencies in affected areas, as well as with EMAs and VOAD members to assess community needs and support organizations providing emergency assistance. . Urgent assistance is provided and plans are made for future assistance.
The Shelby County food distribution will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 8 at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena, located at 500 Amphitheater Road. This distribution will feed 700 households.
The Calhoun County food distribution will take place at 10 am on Friday, June 25, at the Oak Bowery Baptist Church, located at 3300 AL Hwy 144. The community food bank will have food to feed 350 households.
If you are interested in helping these long-term disaster relief efforts, you can donate at give.feedingal.org or register as a volunteer at feedal.org/volunteer/.