Food Boxes to Fight Hunger

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There are more than 50 million Americans that don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Hunger is not just a problem in third world countries.

People right here in the Wiregrass like Lawanda Lowe struggle to put food on the table.

Lawanda Lowe said, “Tough times, days aint like they used to be. The economy is getting bad and now we have to come to these resources and we very much need them.”

Resources like the mobile food pantry that came through Ozark.

Assistant Director Food Bank Shirley Henderson said, “These boxes are full to the brim. We are getting it out. And it is exciting because we are feeding the people from the heart and that’s our motto.”

They are giving out 150 boxes full of things like big bags of meat and other items that could last a family up to five days.

Henderson said, “They open up a box and I let the lady see it and her eyes lit up in amazement that she was getting all this food.”

10,000 pounds of food made possible by donations from Archer Daniels Midland Company.

The company sponsored the mobile food pantry this time.

Development Director Food Bank Julie Gonzalez said, “It is something we haven’t done a lot of in the past but we would like to a lot more. Simply because we want to move the food even though the warehouse is centrally located in Dothan, we service 6 county areas and we need to get this food out to the community.”

“Wish they had more of this. A lot of people in the community need this. And it is very much appreciated," Lowe said.

And Lawanda Lowe is an example of the 1 in 6 Americans that are hungry. But going forward, that’s a statistic the food bank hopes to change one food box at a time.

The Food Bank is holding another mobile food pantry in Henry
County next Friday.

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