FLORENCE – The Food Bank of North Alabama is opening new warehouse space in Florence to meet the increasing rates of food insecurity in the area. The warehouse will add about 10,000 square feet of floor space on 2 acres for the Food Bank to use in its hunger-fighting efforts.
“We have amazing partners in the Shoals, and this will allow us to better support them as the percentage of people in need of food assistance
continues to rise,” said Shirley Schofield, Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.
Currently, the Food Bank partners have to travel up to three hours roundtrip to source food to distribute to the community or rely on monthly food deliveries by the Food Bank to stock their food pantries and supply their feeding programs. The warehouse will be in the Florence Industrial Park at 4331 Parkway Drive.
“This location will make it easier for our partners to get the food they need to fight hunger in the community,” Schofield said. “It also will make it easier and more efficient for the Food Bank to continue to hold mobile pantries at low-income senior housing facilities which we’ve been doing for several years.”
The Food Bank of North Alabama has been based out of its location on Vernon Avenue in Huntsville since 1990 and will continue to use that space for the majority of their operations.
Having an established location to serve the western portion of the Food Bank’s service area also will allow the main warehouse to continue to alleviate hunger in the eastern portion of its 11-county service area.
Over the past fiscal year, the Food Bank of North Alabama distributed over 12 million pounds of food – or roughly 10 million meals – through its current space to a network of more than 230 food pantries and soup kitchens across 11 counties. However, the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the amount of people in North Alabama seeking food assistance. This has added to what was already a growing number prior to 2020.
“The opening of a location in Florence presents a unique opportunity for us to strengthen existing agency partnerships in the Shoals area and to work on developing new relationships,” said Michele Pepper, Agency and Community Relations Manager of the Food Bank. “We are excited for all the opportunities this new location will bring.”