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Grants awarded to North Alabama communities to combat hunger

The grant hopes to provide community development activities to aid coronavirus response and recovery.

MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA, Ala. — The Madison County Commission is awarding grants to provide assistance to local agencies in the North Alabama region in order to combat food insecurity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The grant’s intent is to provide community development activities to aid coronavirus response and/or recovery. Funds are being allocated through the CARES Act and distributed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Madison County recipients of these grants include the Manna House, CASA of Madison County, and the Food Bank of North Alabama. Each organization will receive $20,000 towards food purchases.

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Manna House provides food assistance to individuals in the Tennessee Valley who may have fallen on tough times as a result of the pandemic and economic displacement. 

Another Manna House program is P.E.R.K.S. (Personal Emergency Resources for Kids in School). P.E.R.K.S. provides snacks and ready-to-eat foods for elementary school children that lack adequate food supplies on the weekend. 

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CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) is a non-profit agency located in Madison County that provides services to individuals age 60 and older and to those who are homebound since 1979.

The Food Bank of North Alabama is also based in Madison County and works to end hunger by offering hunger relief programs that immediately feed people in need. 

The Madison County Commission approved contracts for Food Bank of North Alabama, Manna House and CASA of Madison County at the Commission Meeting on Dec. 22nd.