"Taste of the Nation" raises money to fight childhood hunger

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - An event aimed at ending childhood hunger took place in Birmingham Monday night at the Mcwane Science Center. It was the 21st annual "Taste of the Nation".

More than fifty restaurants and drink vendors participated.

Folks got to sample some of the best food and drinks Birmingham has to offer and at the same time help feed needy people. Poverty plagues many families, which leads to children going without meals.

Money from this year's ticket sales goes to the Magic City Harvest Food Bank and Pathways, a shelter for women and children.

The executive director of Pathways says its funding that's more important this year. "We've more than doubled the number of requests for emergency food help for people who have been out and working and have hit some kind crisis financial crisis and they need help until the end of the month." said Connie Hill.

Hill says the event puts emphasis on a necessity many people may take for granted.

Last year, $12,000 was raised for Pathways.