The West Alabama Food Bank (WAFB) was incorporated in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in nine West Alabama counties including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.
Our Tax ID# is 63-0947676.
West Alabama Food Bank warehouse.
The WAFB operates a 10,000 square foot warehouse with on site cold storage. WAFB member nonprofit agencies pick up and distribute food to the hungry in their respective communities. Through these agencies the WAFB has distributed over seventeen million pounds of food.
Alabama has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. One of every five children and one of every four seniors live below the poverty level and many more Alabamians face "food insecurity”, meaning a limited or uncertain access to food. In addition, our unemployment rate is more than 16% in part of our service area.
Who Benefits from the West Alabama Food Bank?
The West Alabama Food Bank will collect surplus and salvageable food and distribute it to agencies serving the needy. These agencies, staffed by non-paid volunteers, pay a minimal shared maintenance fee. Latest estimates indicate that each dollar spent by an agency at WAFB will purchase $12.25 worth of food at retail prices.
The WAFB offers businesses an alternative to throwing away food. By donating food, businesses may be eligible for tax deductions. Most importantly, businesses are helping those in need around West Alabama.
Food donated to the WAFB will find its way to the needy in our community through churches, soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency relief programs, adoptive parent organizations, halfway houses and residential programs.