HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Food Bank of North Alabama will be closed until November 30.
This comes after a positive COVID-19 test result.
The organization said in a statement that, "The Food Bank of North Alabama consistently follows strict food safety practices, which were modified even further during the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of all employees, members of its partner agencies and the public."
After the positive test result, the warehouse and offices received additional thorough cleaning and disinfection.
“Currently, the Food Bank is averaging a distribution of more than one million pounds of food each month,” explains Shirley Schofield, Executive Director. “We know the need is great and this closure, while temporary and necessary, will impact members of our community that struggle with hunger. During this time, we encourage people who want to help to reach out directly to our partner agencies.”
Need food assistance? The Food Bank of North Alabama has more than 260 partners across the region to feed our neighbors in need. Click here to find a partner organization near you.
Feeding America says the number of people who are food insecure in 2020 could rise to more than 50 million, this includes 17 million children. During the pandemic a lot of people have been struggling. And we’re seeing this right here in the Valley.
Alabama was already one of the highest ranking states for food insecurity. During the pandemic, those numbers have just gone up.