HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Food insecurity continues to be an issue the Northern Alabama Food Bank is working to alleviate.
While some sit down to dinner each night, others wonder if they will go to bed hungry. Some of these people are children. Instead of focusing on learning at school or playing with friends, they worry about when the next meal is.
“You know, if we are to have a vibrant and prosperous community, children need to be able to learn and grow without having to worry about hunger,” said Bobby Bozeman, director of development for the Food Bank of North Alabama. They strive to beautify the future and the present by providing food to those in need.
One thing many people may not realize is how widespread food insecurity is in northern Alabama. According to the Food Bank, 1/4 of northern Alabama’s kids don’t know when they’ll have their next meal.
“When kids have to deal with this, it’s virtually impossible to focus on other things, be it clubs, activities, their studies or athletics,” said Bozeman. “When you’re focused on hunger, that’s all you can think of.”
Fortunately, there are nonprofits like the Food Bank that help ease this burden. Bozeman said they distribute food to partners who run backpack programs and help with mobile pantries set up at elementary schools in Huntsville.
For those fortunate enough not to have to think about where their next meal is coming from, there are opportunities to help through the food bank.
If you are interested in helping local families, one of the best things you can do is donate. To help them in their efforts to end hunger, click on ‘Donate’ at https://www.foodbanknorthal.org/. Every dollar donated provides nearly seven meals.
You can also volunteer to help. While many businesses and nonprofits grapple with the job, Bozeman says the food bank is in luck.
“Huntsville is a very passionate community that gives back and obviously we face sales like everyone else, but luckily a lot of people have come to work for us,” he said. “Nonprofits don’t always offer the best, but we try to be competitive and give our people a living wage. ”
You can find a link to become a volunteer on the organization’s home page, as well as information on how to get food aid and program information on the Food Bank’s website.
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