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Drive-thru pantry serves over 100 families in Huntsville

The mobile pantry allows for people who are immunocompromised to safely get groceries.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Local organizations are making sure people in Huntsville have groceries.

On Thursday, more than 100 families got what they needed in a drive-thru mobile pantry.

"We're keeping distance. We're asking people to stay in their cars," said Food Bank of North Alabama Executive Director, Shirley Schofield. "When they can, we're asking them to just put information up on their windshields so we can see it and write it down instead of having to pass pens back and forth, so we're trying to keep everything in mind that we can to keep everyone safe."

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The Food Bank of North Alabama, the city of Huntsville, and the Huntsville Housing Authority worked together to put on the drive-thru for people in need. For those nearby or without transportation, boxes were available for in-person pick up.

"We all wanted to do something to help people that are not able to work right now," said Schofield. "A lot of times, the people who are in this area, even if they are working they're working jobs that aren't necessarily going to continue now with the coronavirus and the fears of that."

The drive-thru also allows for people who are immunocompromised to safely get groceries.

Director of Community Development for the city of Huntsville, Scott Erwin, said, "The gratitude is immense from the residents because they don't have access, and a lot of times they don't want to get out. They appreciate the separation, so we have a minimal amount of volunteers here and we're all practicing the safety and sanitizing and doing our best to do the six foot separation."

They're planning to hold another mobile pantry next week.

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