HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The holiday season is here, but not everyone has a refrigerator full of food to celebrate.
Several organizations in north Alabama have teamed up to help those needing a bit of assistance in our community.
Dr. Andrea Morris, Health and Nutrition Specialist at Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M, says, "Hunger takes no break. The resources have been needed before COVID, now and during the holiday. People always need an extra boost as far as food resources to get over that holiday hump, so this is not like any other year, but the food resources are needed just as much."
Food insecurity has gotten worse with the financial impacts from the pandemic, but people in Huntsville are taking action to help others.
Chanda Mills Crutcher, Chief Visionary Officer with The Legacy Center, says, "God has blessed us so much with an abundance of partners as well as an abundance of food."
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Throughout the pandemic, The Legacy Center has been giving out food boxes to help combat hunger, but these people are serving the community with more than food
Crutcher explains, "Navigating the hospitals and the mental health resources have been strained to say the least during the pandemic, so we have social workers and nurses that come alongside those that are in crises and may not have the funds necessary to privately navigate those waters. We just make sure that we come together with other organizations in our community to make sure that the have-nots have."
The day before Thanksgiving, The Legacy Center provided around 5,000 meals to local organizations. who will then give those meals out to people in need.