While food costs remain high, one nonprofit is providing groceries for the low, low price of free.
One Generation Away will bring its mobile drive-thru food pantry to Arab on Saturday. Anyone who visits the former Scofield Plymouth parking lot at 810 N. Brindlee Mountain Parkway from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. will get a free load of groceries.
Those groceries include fresh produce, pantry staples and more. Recipients won't have to fill out paperwork or answer questions about their income or household, either.
"We're so grateful to be able to serve people with no questions asked," said Chris Whitney, founder and CEO of OneGenAway. "Food is a necessity, so we just want to be able to meet a need and share hope, honor and dignity with our neighbors."
Food is first come, first serve, so potential recipients are encouraged to arrive early. If there happens to be food leftover at 10:30 a.m., then volunteers will continue to hand out groceries until the food is gone.
For those that want to participate as a volunteer, OneGenAway asks that they arrive at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers do not have to register ahead of the event.
OneGenAway is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with local agencies to bring food from groceries, restaurants, caterers and farms to communities in need before it can go to waste. The mobile pantry usually distributes between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds of food each Saturday.
OneGenAway has additional drive-thru distributions planned throughout the year. Each event will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday, with volunteers asked to arrive at 7:30 a.m. and food given until there's nothing left to give.
- July 16 — Calhoun Community College, 102 Wynn Drive, Huntsville;
- Aug. 6 — New Hope High School, 5216 Main Drive, New Hope;
- Aug. 13 — Hazel Green High School, 14380 U.S. 231, Hazel Green;
- Aug. 13 — Marshall Technical School, 12312 U.S. 431, Guntersville;
- Nov. 12 — Milton Frank Stadium, 2801 15th Ave. SW, Huntsville;
- Nov. 12 — VFW Fairgrounds, 151 18th St. NE, Fort Payne;
- Nov. 19 — Athens (location to be determined);
- Dec. 10 — Milton Frank Stadium, 2801 15th Ave. SW, Huntsville.
For more information on the organization or upcoming events, click here.