Since its founding, the food bank has distributed more than 145 million pounds of food to charitable feeding organizations across the 24 counties it serves — including nine counties in south Alabama, eight counties in south Mississippi and seven counties in the panhandle of Florida. In 2013, the food bank distributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food to over 220,000 individuals through our network of more than 400 partner agencies – consisting of church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations.
In addition to food distribution, the food bank operates various nutrition programs for low-income families including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, and child nutrition programs.
Since the first child nutrition program began, these programs have continued to expand and now include over 135 Afterschool Snack and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites which support nearly 7,000 children. The food bank also supports approximately 1,700 children through the Backpack Program providing at risk children identified by teachers with food for the weekend.
The food bank has a community garden and offers programs to educate the community on proper nutrition, environmental responsibility, and basic gardening practices. The onsite garden has two sections: an Education garden and an Adopt-a-Plot garden. The Education Garden at the food bank consists of 14 raised beds and 2 pallet gardens. We also have an Education Pavilion with a vegetable washing station used for gardening seminars. The Adopt-a-Plot garden consists of 39 plots that can be adopted by the public with the agreement that they will employ organic methods and donate at least 50% of their yield to the food bank. We have used this garden model to help build a community of gardeners who care about nutrition and tackling food insecurity. The food bank also has 9 satellite gardens around Mobile as part of our Community Garden Network.