Typically, the Food Bank of North Alabama has pallets stacked with boxes of canned foods but right now, the food bank has less than 10 boxes of mixed can goods to distribute.
"We like to have a whole row of just canned goods, boxes of canned goods, and right now we only have about 6 boxes," said Shirley Schofield, Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama
The Food Bank of North Alabama provides food to 250 groups throughout 11 local counties.
There are around 100,000 people who are considered food insecure in North Alabama. That also means 1 in 4 kids don't have a dependable daily food source, according to Schofield.
Equinta Crutcher looks to the food bank to help stock her church's food pantry, which gives away food once a month in Madison and Limestone counties.
"The need has become greater and greater. We've been doing this for about 3 years," said Crutcher.
When the food bank runs low, Crutcher says their church pantry feels the impact.
"We try to give people at least a weeks worth of food and we cannot do that when the food bank doesn't have anything. And right now, its very low," added Crutcher.
Schofield says canned goods are some of the easiest and most efficient foods to distribute.
"Because of how long they last, we like to have a good supply of canned goods on hand," said Schofield.
Schofield says the food bank is really depending on the community to help them replenish their shelves ahead of the summer months.
"This is a very giving community and we're really looking forward to people stepping up and helping us out," added Schofield.
Some ways you can help the food bank out are by donating or hosting a food drive.
Click on the following links for more information on how to help:
· Red basket donation: https://redbasket.org/1622#projectsharestory
· How to host a food drive: https://www.foodbanknorthal.org/get-involved/host-a-food-and-fund-drive/