Selma Area Food Bank was among others in Alabama to be given a grant by Gov. Kay Ivey to feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed the Alabama Feeding Initiative, Ivey has allocated $3,606,104 to Alabama food banks to reimburse them for their actions as the COVID-19 pandemic complicated life and employment for many in the state.
“Alabama is a state where neighbors help neighbors, even in the most difficult times," Ivey said in a message sent to media. "The Coronavirus pandemic presented significant challenges around the world, as well as here at home in our own state."
"Food banks in communities across Alabama have been a lifeline for those in need, and I am proud to be able to put these funds toward the Alabama Feeding Initiative. I have told Alabamians that I remain committed to getting these CARES Act funds into the hands of those who need it.”
Selma Area Food Bank was given $174,930. The nearby Montgomery Area Food Bank was given $606,900 from the initiative.
The funds will be used to reimburse food banks that made the following expenses:
- the purchase of food, packaging and related supplies to meet increased demand;
- operational expenses, including fuel and maintenance, incurred due to handling a higher amount for food, as well as open-air distribution events;
- rental costs of storage space and vehicles to handle increased volumes of food; and
- to purchase PPE, screening equipment and decontamination services to prevent the spread of COVID-19.