COFFEE, GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — This week marks the third anniversary of the Coffee County food pantry.
Once a month, on the second Tuesday of each month at the Coffee County Farm Center in New Brockton, more than 300 families are provided bags of non-perishables, along with milk, meats, and poultry.
The Coffee County Community Pantry is made possible through the generosity of more than a dozen churches. The food is purchased at reduced prices from the Wiregrass Food Bank.
“We currently have 300 families that we order food for each month, the less fortunate, and as I say we really get a good deal,” B.J. Cardwell Coffee Co. Community Food Shelter said. “We get a 53-foot trailer worth of food for $800 bucks, and I don’t know where you can beat that deal anywhere.”
Coffee County Commission Chairman Dean Smith says that the food provided serves a desperate need for a number of families.
“Most people are just a paycheck or two from being in a food line anyway,” Smith said. “And by the grace of God not all of us are in that shape. But, through our resources, we can help those people out.”
Once a month, a Geneva County faith-based food pantry also provides nearly 300 families with food staples. Cardwell says especially with inflation, it’s becoming more difficult for low social economic families to keep their heads above water.
“We were also able to acquire 22,800 pounds of chicken, as well as chicken from a fast-food chain that they had ordered, and we distributed that in Coffee and Geneva counties this past year as well,” Cardwell said.