News Staff Report
The Alabama Farmers Federation recently made a significant donation to Feeding the Gulf Coast hunger relief efforts.
Through an effort by local Alfa agent Dana Vickrey, Empowerment Tabernacle Pastor Daryl North, and Cindy Bloom, coordinator for Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank), part of the donation was used to fund Escambia County mobile pantries. A mobile pantry is a food distribution model that allows distribution sites to receive 5,000+ pounds of food to distribute within a few hours of delivery to their clients in need.
Thursday, February 6, in Atmore, approximately 100 families were served with fresh food from every food group. In each box, there was meat, bread, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and milk as well as nonperishable food items. such as dry beans and can goods.
“Nutrition is key for these families so foods high in nutritional value are important providing much needed vitamins, minerals and protein,” Vickrey said. “Farming feeds in many ways and giving back to the community by funding and participating in this mobile food distribution is an important way to show how much we really do care about our community and our neighbors … This is yet another way that ‘Farming feeds.’ “