Food Bank of North Alabama working to prevent food waste, feed more hungry families

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Food Bank of North Alabama is getting serious about preventing food waste.  With the help of a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the agency created a new position called Retail Store Donation Coordinator.

The coordinator's job is to work with area grocery stores to secure donations of unsold food that would otherwise go to a landfill.

Annually, the Food Bank of North Alabama hopes to save more than 3 million pounds of dry goods, fresh produce and meat from being thrown away.

Shirley Schofield, who was named to the position, is also responsible for educating store personnel on the program and the appropriate food safety guidelines for donations.

According to the Food Bank of North Alabama, an estimated 150,000 people in north Alabama are at risk of hunger, including more than 50,000 children.