About Us

About Us

Who We Are. What We Do. Why We Do It.

The West Alabama Food Bank serves a population of 315,000 residents; more than 15 percent of whom are living in poverty.

The 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 including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.

How It All Works

The WAFB operates a 10,000 square-foot warehouse with on-site cold storage. WAFB member nonprofit agencies pick up and distribute food to the hungry in their respective communities. Through these agencies the WAFB has distributed more than SEVENTEEN MILLION pounds of food.

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Our Staff

We work to alleviate hunger in West Alabama!
Meet the team behind the collection and deliveries.
Jean Rykaczewski
Executive Director
Sheldrick McNeal
Associate Director
Malcolm Croft
Salvage Supervisor
Meet the Rest of Our Team

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our featured sponsors!
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Meet Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events

Each November Beat Hunger. Beat Auburn. generates more than 250,000 pounds of food for our agencies and their clients around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Year-round additional events help keep our stores stocked for West Alabama residents.

All Aboard 2020

All aboard for an evening of fun supporting your West Alabama Food Bank! Join us November 12 at 6p.m. for live music, libations, and a spectacular silent auction all while you indulge in delicious offerings and fine fare from some of Tuscaloosa’s best restaurants. Tickets may be purchased by clicking below or at any Alabama […]

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger October 1 – November 14, 2019   Competition with a cause benefits Food Bank! Beat Auburn Beat Hunger uses college football’s deepest rivalry to fight hunger in West Alabama. Beat Auburn Beat Hunger (BABH) is gearing up for it’s 26th year of fighting hunger and poverty in the West Alabama community. […]

Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor

HACKLEBURG, Ala. — On a recent sultry summer afternoon, 81-year-old widow Nellie Allen sat on the porch of her one-story brick home, one in a strip of government-subsidized houses surrounded by fields and country roads. Allen makes do on $900 a month from Social Security. She raised four kids and never worked outside the home. […]

Pounds of food delivered
each month around nine counties
Backpack Meals and Secret Meals
provided to children each week
Number of Agencies supported
in West Alabama
Pounds of food salvagegd
at each UA home football game

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