DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Wiregrass Area Food Bank is doing its part to feed the masses during this global pandemic , but now it needs financial help to stay afloat.
Executive Director for the Food Bank, David Hanks, said generous donations have been flooding in, but that has created a new challenge to keep foods fresh.
They now have to run trucks 24 hours a day to keep frozen meals and other perishable foods from spoiling, which means added costs that were not in the budget.
“Like any other business experiencing pains from this pandemic, we didn't anticipate that,” said Hanks.
“So, it's critical that we get the food to the folks, and we take the donations we can, and we keep moving forward,” Hanks said.
More than 88,000 people in Alabama alone have filed for unemployment in the last two weeks, and many don’t know where their next meal will come from.
The Wiregrass has a history of stepping up during difficult times, and your help is needed now more than ever.
That’s why WTVY is partnering with the Food Bank throughout the month of April for a Virtual Food Drive.
We’re asking for monetary donations, instead of food, to raise $150,000.
Just $1 can buy a pound of food.
“A lot of people find themselves out of work and looking for resources because there’s been a panic,” said Hanks.
“People are going to the grocery stores and buying food and there's not enough to go around, so we're trying to fill that void,” Hanks said.
If you’d like to donate, click on the #OneWiregrass Donate Here button, or send a check to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank, at 382 Twitchell Road in Dothan, with “Virtual Food Drive” on the Memo line.