HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Food Bank of North Alabama will temporarily close after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are just so devastated that we aren’t able to be here right now for the community,” said Shirley Schofield, The Food Bank of North Alabama’s Executive Director.
Schofield said she spent much of Thursday afternoon reaching out to a number of area food pantries affected by the closure.
“We’ve had to do a lot of calling and letting people know that we’re not going to able to make it,” said Schofield. “We probably had 10, 11, signed up for Monday and Tuesday of next week, so there are going to be some that are not going to have food, and we were going to be taking a truckload, two truckloads actually, to the Shoals tomorrow, and we’re not able to do that.”
The food bank said many area pantries fortunately received their Thanksgiving deliveries prior to the closure. Schofield’s team is working with affected pantries to connect them with the food bank’s partners in hopes that they will be able to help fill the gap in supplies.
“Organizations we work with are seeing double, some of them quadruple, what they would normally see this time of year,” said Schofield.
For the moment, Schofield is urging anyone with donations or in need of help to reach out to the food bank’s partner organizations listed on The Food Bank of North Alabama’s interactive map to “Find Charity Food” in north Alabama.
The food bank closed its Huntsville offices and warehouse space immediately, and will remain closed through Monday, November 30th.