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West Alabama food bank experiencing high need, fewer donations during summer

Shelves running low on supplies at the West Alabama Food Bank. (Terri Brewer/WBRC) Shelves running low on supplies at the West Alabama Food Bank. (Terri Brewer/WBRC)
NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) -

An organization that works to keep food on families’ tables in West Alabama needs some help stocking their own shelves right now.

Each night, the West Alabama Food Bank stocks their pantry shelves. Within about an hour of opening each day, the shelves are practically bare.

“Right now, we can't keep enough food on the shelves,” West Alabama Food Bank Executive Director Jean Rykaczewski said.

Rykaczewski says summer is a time of fewer donations, but one of the organization’s times of greatest need. She says with children not at school during the summer, families need the food bank more to provide more meals at home.

To bring in more food, the food bank is currently holding Christmas in July donation drives. The Fresh Market in Tuscaloosa is accepting cash donations for the West Alabama Food Bank, and Alabama Credit Union locations are accepting food donations. The food bank also accepts cash donations through its website any time of the year.

Rykaczewski says the food bank appreciates all donations. She says monetary donations are especially useful, because the food bank buys in bulk, at a lower cost than the average consumer.

“That money allows us to buy truckloads of food that we know are high-needed items, like peanut butter, and rice and pasta. Canned fruit and canned meats that these families need to have on their shelves to complete nutritious meals, that we might not get donated,” said Rykaczewski.

Rykaczewski says all donations stay local, and any cash the food bank receives goes directly to food.

Learn more at westalabamafoodbank.org or call (205) 333-5353.

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