Wiregrass Area Food Bank Needs Donations With Returning Schools
DOTHAN, Alabama (WTVY) – The Wiregrass area food bank is experiencing shortages across the board ahead of one of its busiest times of the year.
“Our business is starting to pick up again. People are starting to visit pantries more often. They are starting to need more help with food, ”said Julie Gonzalez, deputy director.
Gonzalez says the need for donations is even greater with the kids back in class. She says the summer months have been slow for the nonprofit.
“Everyone seemed to be getting benefits, getting checks from the government that said those checks were helping them get by. They seemed to have enough to get through the summer, ”Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez says there is a shortage of food donations. They also face rising costs for canned foods.
“So what happens is when we take the donations that come in and we have to use more donations to get less food. But that’s what we have to do to get the food to stretch in order to get through these tough times, ”Gonzalez said.
Volunteers are also an important part of the food bank, and Gonzalez says there have been fewer volunteers during the pandemic.
“A lot of the volunteers are retirees, and they’re the ones who have the most time to give. But they are also those who have been most susceptible to the virus. So what they do is stay home to keep them safe, ”Gonzalez said.
With the food drive season underway over the holidays, Gonzalez hopes the donations will help close the gap to meet a critical need in the Wiregrass.
If you or your organization would like to organize a food drive for the food bank, you can contact the food bank at 334-794-9775. You will receive materials to help you start your food drive. Staff will also pick up donations when they are ready.
All donations can be dropped off at the food bank address at 382 Twitchell Road, Dothan, Al.
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