HUNTSVILLE, Ala — Need help with food for yourself or your family? House of Hope and Restoration is hosting a free grocery giveaway on Saturday, May 22, starting at 9:30 a.m. while supplies last.
The church is at 2525 Aspen Ave. in Huntsville.
Looking for a hot lunch with a side of fellowship?
Union Chapel members will host a free hot lunch on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 12 p.m. Church members will distribute hot spaghetti lunches while supplies last. To ensure social distancing, members of the public will remain in their vehicles for drive-thru pick-up service.
Community food banks also serve the Tennessee Valley.
We know the Food Bank of North Alabama serves people constantly struggling to put food on the table. However, especially this past year, that snapshot has changed.
"Feeding America saw that about 40% of the people who were seeking food assistance during the early days of the pandemic, had never saw food assistance before in their life," says Food Bank of North Alabama Development Director, Bobby Bozeman.
Bozeman says people from all walks of life are in need of food during the pandemic.
"They're wearing uniforms from the workplace. They're working two jobs, they're doing their best. And a lot of people that we're seeing, they may have been at one level pre-pandemic and then lost their job and now they've taken a lesser paying job afterwards," says Bozeman.
The Food Bank of North Alabama's outreach also includes Huntsville City Schools, such as Sonny Hereford, III Elementary.
"During the pandemic time - even those of us with the most have been in need of something, and food is one of those universal ways that we can connect over," says Sonny Hereford Elementary School Principal, Anthony Davison.
Davison says their food box program started last November and is distributed by the food bank's mobile pantry.
Every Thursday, students get their fruits and veggies during parent pick-up and when students are walking home.
"It's just a simple exchange but it is a powerful exchange because we're catching those families that are car-riders as they're pulling in and us making that offer to them," says Davison.
"I've even had some that have taken pictures of what they cooked and sent it back to us. So, that is what excites us," he added.
The food bank also serves other groups. "A lot of the people we serve are elderly. We have a federal program that we're doing that we do. I believe it's 300 food boxes a month to various local senior living communities," says Bozeman.