WHNT News 19 renews efforts to ‘Fill the Food Bank’ with new goal of $100,000

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Taking Action to help those in need.

Many in north Alabama are hurting. Many are having to seek help from resources like the Food Bank of North Alabama.

WHNT News 19 and WDRM 102.1 have joined together to raise money for families in need by hosting a Virtual Food Drive. We want to Fill the Food Bank with this effort!

Our efforts began less than two weeks ago. In that time, you have helped us raise $75,193 dollars (as of Monday, May 18)! That number smashed our old goal…so now we’re hoping you can help us reach a new goal of $100,000. That would be roughly 700,000 meals for the Tennessee Valley!

Join us for our second focused day of giving on May 19 with a continued effort that lasts through June 1.

The Current Need

Average food distribution is 600,000 lbs a month. In six weeks, The Food Bank of North Alabama distributed 1,750,000 lbs of food.

Last week, more than 5,500 Madison County residents initiated an unemployment claim with the Alabama Department of Labor. The week before that, more than 4,500 Madison County residents initiated a claim. That’s 10,000 people in two weeks who went to ADOL to start the process of receiving unemployment for the first time – and that’s just in Madison County.

How much can your donation help?

Every little bit helps. A donation of $25 can help provide nearly 175 meals. That’s right, through the partnerships the Food Bank of North Alabama has established, every single dollar you donate allows them to procure enough food for almost seven meals.

The donation website will allow you to pay with a credit or debit card, or you can pay with PayPal. You can choose a one-time donation, or set up a recurring donation.

Ways to Donate

  • Text to Donate – Text “Hunger” to 256-559-3299
  • Online Donations – Click the “Donate Now” button below
  • Food Donations – contact-free drop off in a barrel set up in the lobby of the Food Bank of North Alabama
    • Location: 2000 Vernon Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
    • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Check Donations – Mail donations to P.O. Box 18607, Huntsville, AL 35804

How your donations will be used

The Food Bank of North Alabama secures donations, stores the food then distributes the donations to partnering agencies across north Alabama. The food bank works with a network of 262 food pantries, shelters and children’s programs across north Alabama. The food pantries are located in Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan Counties.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

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