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Beat Bama Food Drive helping food banks prepare for holidays

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Area food banks are already preparing for the holidays.

Martha Henk, executive director of Food Bank of East Alabama said coming out of the summer months, they're very concerned about their inventory because it's usually pretty low.

This year, the government shutdown has them even more concerned because it's affecting people's incomes. "I get to work about 6:30 and those calls come in very early. and a lot of times it's people saying, you know, I've never had to do this before and I'm just really embarrassed could you just tell me how to get food and those calls are really heart-breaking."

The food bank distributes around 400,000 pounds of groceries a month, but right now their stock only has about 230,00 pounds of food.

Jean Mosley comes every month from Camp Hill, Alabama to gather items for her church's food pantry and said it means a lot to those in need. "They start asking two or three weeks ahead of time... when you gonna give out that food again. we need some more food."

Fortunately, the 20th annual Beat Bama Food Drive kicked-off on Monday. It's the largest food drive in Alabama. This year's goal is to collect 350,000 pounds of food. Around 60 barrels are being distributed throughout the Auburn area. Filling each barrel once would create nearly 270,000 meals.

"Think about what your family likes to eat and those would be the kinds of things that many of the other families are also hoping to get," Henk said. She suggested non-perishable items such as canned goods, peanut butter, rice and macaroni and cheese.

The food drive lasts through November 25. For a list of donation sites visit their website.

Feeding the Valley in Columbus is also accepting food donations. Donations can be dropped off at their building, located at 5928 Coca-Cola Blvd, Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit the Feeding the Valley website.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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