'Barrels of Love' reaches out to hungry in Decatur - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

'Barrels of Love' reaches out to hungry in Decatur

Barrels at Daikin and Toray represent the latest efforts of employees of industry to help fill a community void. Barrels at Daikin and Toray represent the latest efforts of employees of industry to help fill a community void.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

A recent FEMA meeting led several businesses to talk about the lack of food in Decatur area food banks. From there, an idea to restock those shelves was born.  Industries that line the river in Decatur are taking the lead to fight hunger in the area.

Barrels at Daikin and Toray represent the latest efforts of employees of industry to help fill a community void. That void is food at local food pantries like the Salvation Army, the Back Pack Project, and the Committee on Church Cooperation.

April Taylor uses the CCC food pantry.  

"It means a lot. It helps us a lot. We come every three months, and it really helps us with me, my husband and my five kids," said Taylor.

One quick look at the shelves and you see many bare spots where there is simply no food.  

Beverly Johnson is the Board Vice President at the CCC. 

"In 2011, we were averaging approximately 50 families a week. In 2012, we average 80 families a week," she said.

An example at the CCC, they have one box of mashed potatoes left, there are no more boxes of powdered milk, and that is desperately needed for any family that has children, and that doesn't include the increases for sit down meals served at the CCC.

"In 2011, we averaged 370 plates a week. That's a lot of food. In 2012, we averaged 500 plates a week," added Johnson.

All of the food banks are averaging a 180 percent increase in people asking for help.  That's when the industries decided to take action and the barrels are showing up.

Forrest Keith is the Community Relations and General Affairs Manager at Daikin America, Inc. 

"With Valentine's Day coming up, we decided to call it 'Barrels of Love.' It's a nonperishable food drive," he said.

And, Keith said, it's not just Toray and Daikin.

"We decided to invite all of the industries in the area, so there's about 30 companies that are involved in this food drive and we're going to launch it on Valentine's Day and call it 'Barrels of Love,' and we're going to ask our employees at all the plants to bring in at least three items," he added.

The drive will benefit the CCC, the Salvation Army and the back pack program.

To help in this effort, individuals can drop off cans and food items at the Holiday Inn.  Companies may contact Wendy Taylor at (256) 260-5925.

These are the industries involved in the program:

Toray Flourofibers, Wayne Farm Decatur Fresh, Cooks Pest Control, Daikin America, Cintas, TVT, Toray Carbon Fibers, 3M, National Packaging, Holiday Inn (drop off site), Decatur Daily, Allegra Print & Images, Publix, Nichols Aluminum, Packaging Corp. America, Air Products, Nucor, United Rentals, Ascend, Joe Wheeler, Del Monte Foods, BP Decatur Site, Decatur Utilities, OCi Chemical, Hexcel, E - Center, Pro Air, United Way/Emergency Food & Shelter Board, Styrolution, Turner Industries, Alabama Farmers Coop, Volunteer Center Morgan County, Automatic Screw, International Paper, Baker Division, ITW Sexton, National Packaging, United Launch Alliance, Wayne Farm Decatur FP, Mundy Company

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:28 PM EST2018-02-23 04:28:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>
  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 7:48 AM EST2018-02-23 12:48:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>
  • Police: father killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

    Police: father killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

    Friday, February 23 2018 5:09 AM EST2018-02-23 10:09:31 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:09 AM EST2018-02-23 10:09:31 GMT
    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard. (Source: WGCL/CNN)Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard. (Source: WGCL/CNN)

    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

    More >>

    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly