DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Wiregrass Area Food Bank serves food to non-profit agencies that help supply food for those in need.
However, it’s been difficult for them to contribute to their partners as food donations are low due to economic issues like inflation which has reached an all-time high along with supply chain issues.
“They’re having to actually go out to the stores and get what they can get to help serve their clients but those budgets are limited and when gas prices are high, grocery prices are high and cost of living high its less to be given,” Wiregrass Food Bank Assistant Director Julie Gonzalez said.
The setback is causing the food bank to come up with new ways in order to get food.
“We welcome hunters to donate if they hunt and kill more than what they can eat or give to their family and friends if they would like to donate that we take that as well,” Gonzalez said.
Another nonprofit organization affected by donations is the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity Restore — a store that depends on donations of house items that help them furnish homes for low-income families and for the organization to operate.
Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity builds new affordable homes for those families but with inflation issues — it’s more expensive costing them at least $140,000 which puts a strain on those fixed-income families.
“So we are limited on how many houses we can build so we started doing remodeling which as helped us,” Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity Director Donna Clemmons said.
She says their roof rebuild program which has been successful for the past 10 years is being hit the hardest.
“The last time we priced roofs it was close to $8,000 and we contribute $5,000 but an elderly widow has to come up with $3,000 and she just can’t do it,” She said.
Both organizations encourage you to still donate if you are able to give.