Wiregrass Food Bank needs community's help with donations - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Wiregrass Food Bank needs community's help with donations

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

On the third Wednesday of every month at the Wiregrass Food Bank it is normal to see volunteers loading carts with food and unloading them into vehicles as part of the Brown Bag program.

"This is just a supplemental program to help people over 60," said Shirley Henderson, Assistant Director of the Wiregrass Food Bank. "Some of them have to decide during the month ‘do I buy medicine or do I buy food', so this helps them."

The brown bag program started in 1997 and has grown from serving 27 senior citizens in the area to 1600. Through the program, those with limited incomes are able to pick up groceries or have them dropped off.

"The brown bag has really helped our family," said Lillian Oliver, Brown Bag Program Participant. "If it wasn't for the brown bag, some days we would not have food to eat."

The summer months can be the most challenging time of year for donations for the Wiregrass Food Bank. In order to replenish empty shelves for the brown bag program, they need the communities help.

"It doesn't matter if it is one or two cans, every can helps," said Henderson. "Your finances can help if you want to come volunteer and give us your time and sweat, we will take that.

The Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank is a hunger relief agency serving more than 40,000 people in Houston, Henry, Dale, Coffee, Geneva and Barbour counties.

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