West Alabama Food Bank

It can be easy to get bogged down with all the bad news out there surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, but some folks are choosing to use this time of uncertainty to help provide stability to those who are having the hardest times.

The <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>West Alabama Food Bank</a> serves nine counties and normally around 12,000 people a week. During the pandemic that number has gone up even more.

A recent donation, however, has been a huge help feeding over 600 hungry families.

<p>“When somebody says we would like to do a food donation, you are thinking a carload,” said West Alabama Food Bank’s Jean Rykaczewski. “We have had a couple of neighborhoods do some great things. “When they told me how many pounds and pallets it would be, I knew that would normally cost $30,000-40,000.</p><p>The Tuscaloosa Stake of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently donated 33,000 lbs of food to the West Alabama Food Bank.</p><div></div><p>“When COVID hit, we knew this organization would be hit hard,” Tuscaloosa Stake President Robert Lewis said. “People are going to lose their jobs. It will impact families. We started asking questions how can we help? We started making phone calls. We received approval. This food today came from Salt Lake City. Several people are involved in making this happen. We are excited to be a part of this community and helping those in need. Ultimately, we are just trying to follow Jesus Christ and serve those around us. “</p><div></div><p>Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are no strangers to helping others and making a difference in their communities all across the country.</p><div></div><p>“We all come together even as a church to be able to service various needs throughout the United States,” Patricia Richetto said. Many times when there are disasters, we will send supplies and manpower to be able to help people in the aftermath.”</p><div></div><p>But this bright spot is shining here through the Tuscaloosa Stake</p><div></div><p>“This is an opportunity to work together. Bright spots happen when people join together for a good cause. That cause is always serving someone else. When you serve someone else, it lightens your load. That is the bright spot. That is the thing we get excited about.  It is not just a one and done. It is a relationship. That creates the bright spot on my mind,” Lewis said.</p>

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