NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) - The Food Bank of North Alabama will soon begin using a new fuel-efficient vehicle.
The car, a Ford, was purchased with a $50,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities. The Food Bank of North Alabama aims to use the vehicle to fight hunger.
"We are very appreciative of Publix and Publix Charities' continued commitment to help the community," said Food Bank Executive Director Shirley Schofield. "Publix helps us help our most vulnerable residents on a daily basis with regular food donations, monetary assistance and volunteerism. We are proud to be their partner."
More than 151,000 residents are at risk of hunger in North Alabama and the Food Bank believes an additional vehicle will help the elderly, children, and the ill.
"This fuel-efficient vehicle will help us save on transportation costs so we can continue to put the majority of our resources into distributing food to neighbors in need." said Schofield.
The remainder of the donated grant funds will go to support the Food Bank's Summer Meals program for Children and new initiative targeted at providing local early childhood education centers with Alabama produce.
The Food Bank of North Alabama distributes food to about 250 partners, including church food pantries, residential homes, soup kitchens and shelters.
In 2017, the Food Bank distributed more than 7 million meals to those in need.
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