MADISON, Ala. - On the second Thursday of each month, people will find the parking lot beside the Downtown Rescue Mission Thrift Store packed with other nonprofit agencies. This is part of Feed America First's initiative in north Alabama and the mission facilitates the distribution.
Mike Womack is Director of Operations for Feed America First. He says this work is personal.
"We feel like God's given it to us for a reason," Womack said. "We want to try and move it right back out."
They try to move it back to the communities who need it. This includes 17 to 25 local organizations each month.
"We have a partnership with them to basically help the people in this area that are struggling," Womack said. "We don't actually hand out food from Feed America First to individuals. We hand that out to the agencies, so we're kind of the middle man."
The process starts with larger companies like General Mills.
"We go out on Mondays and Tuesdays and pick food up," Womack said. "Then, on Wednesdays and Fridays we have perishable giveaways at our facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Then, every Thursday we're out in the community somewhere."
The organizations are loaded up with 1,000 pounds of food when they pass through each month.
"They go back, and then they start handing it out to needy people," Womack said.
If you would like to donate to Feed America First, or you are with an organization that could benefit from their assistance, you're encouraged to visit Feedamericafirst.com.