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Grocery giveaway with Rocket City Trash Pandas gets 40,000 pounds of food into the community

40,000 pounds of free groceries were given away to people in need.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Refuge Church, OneGenAway, Rocket City Trash Pandas, and other local organizations teamed up to bring a mobile pantry to those in need. 

Food insecurity is on the rise as the pandemic pushes on, but hundreds of families were fed today because these groups wanted to make sure people don't go hungry.

Jason Parks, senior pastor of Refuge Church, says, "40,000 pounds of free groceries to our community, we have enough food for about 450 families here in our community. What we've found is with the pandemic food insecurity has just become a huge issue, in fact, recent census numbers show that over 30 million people across the United States have indicated that they've had trouble with food."

The next food distribution at Toyota Field will be on February 20 from 9:00 a.m. or until the food runs out.

Need additional food assistance? Organizations like the Food Bank of North Alabama, House of the Harvest, and Rose of Sharon are working to meet the communities food needs during the pandemic and beyond. Others, like Union Missionary Baptist Church, hold monthly food giveaways or free hot lunches for anyone who heeds this help.

Some community groups and utilities are also working together to help those in need with their utility bills and heating needs. You can get more information on assistance with utility bills here.

The next food distribution at Toyota Field will be held on February 20, 2021.  The event will start at 9 a.m. and will go on until 11:30 a.m., or until resources run out.

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