West Alabama rallies to fight hunger

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - There is an increase in demand, and fortunately for the West Alabama Food Bank, there has been an increase in donations.

According to its executive director, Henry Lipsey, the food bank distributed 202,000 pounds of food.

This month he plans on bringing in a similar amount.

"People in the community in our 9 county area have been generous enough to give us enough money to keep us going and help us be able to keep up with the increased demand.. So far."

Lipsey also credits businesses who have pitched in with creative ways to help people donate such as selling baged groceries at supermarkets for merchants to donate. And it wouldn't be Tuscaloosa if the university didn't pitch in to compete with Auburn's food bank for bragging rights in the annual "Beat Auburn.. Beat Hunger" food drive. This year,  UA donated more than 175,000 lbs of food to beat Auburn who donated almost 165,000 for their respective food bank.

For those interested in helping the West Alabama Food Bank, call 205-759-5519.

If you shop in Tuscaloosa, Publix, Bruno's, and Food World all prepare bags for donation.