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What is the West Alabama Food Bank?

We are a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help our neighbors acquire the nourishment they need to live life at its fullest.

West Alabama Food Bank at a glance.

West Alabama Food Bank (WAFB) was incorporated in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in nine West Alabama counties. Serving a population of more than 315,000 residents (over 15 percent of whom are living in poverty), WAFB actively collects donations, which we safely store and distribute to partner agencies. Through these agencies WAFB has distributed more than SEVENTEEN MILLION pounds of food. WAFB is a member of the Alabama Food Bank Association and an affiliate of Feeding America – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Join us in the fight to end hunger in our community.

Who Benefits from the West Alabama Food Bank?

Alabama has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. One of every five children and one of every four seniors live below the poverty level and many more Alabamians face “food insecurity,” meaning a limited or uncertain access to food. In addition, our unemployment rate is more than 16% in part of our service area.

For Agencies

The West Alabama Food Bank will collect surplus and salvageable food and distribute it to agencies serving the needy. These agencies, staffed by non-paid volunteers, pay a minimal shared maintenance fee. Latest estimates indicate that each dollar spent by an agency at WAFB will purchase $7 worth of food at retail prices.

For Business

The WAFB offers businesses an alternative to throwing away food. By donating food, businesses may be eligible for tax deductions. Most importantly, businesses are helping those in need around West Alabama.

For Communities

Food donated to the WAFB will find its way to the needy in our community through churches, soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency relief programs, adoptive parent organizations, halfway houses and residential programs.
Robert Lee Van Tatenhove
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