By Submitted Story on January 20, 2021
Food Bank of the Albemarle is pleased to announce a grant award of $100,000 from The Humana Foundation to support hunger-relief efforts, specifically mobile food pantries in Bertie, Hertford, and Northampton Counties.
“This grant award from The Humana Foundation will enable the Food Bank to increase our distribution output to these counties,” said Liz Reasoner, Executive Director. “These three counties were chosen due to the rising food insecurity, and being underserved in regards to minority populations, as well as the need for food assistance in these areas as our partner agencies are at capacity or the areas do not have agencies to serve the targeted population.”
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased requests for food assistance. Many jobs in these rural counties are seasonal, and the Food Bank expects the need for food and resources to remain high for at least the next 12 months.
An estimated 20,690 people in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton Counties will be reached through these mobile pantries. Mobile food pantry distributions will take place once per month in Hertford County; twice per month in Bertie County; and at two separate locations per month in Northampton County. Fresh produce and shelf-stable goods will distributed at the mobiles, at an estimated additional 483,333 meals.
The Food Bank will also have on-site staff at the mobile pantries to help clients apply for SNAP benefit registration as eligible.
“It is through these awards and partnerships that we are able to continue our work and change the state of hunger in these communities each day, all year long,” Reasoner added. “The Humana Foundation award will ensure the Food Bank can meet the immediate need today, and sustain operations in these areas in the future.”
Food Bank of the Albemarle has increased distribution across all of northeastern North Carolina in the 15 counties they serve to meet the ever growing need due to the widespread effects of the pandemic.