West Alabama Food Bank gets $25k donation

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kelby Hutchison

With inflation hitting everything from the McDonald’s dollar menu to car prices, grocery stores have seen a rise in their prices too.

To help those who may be struggling to put food on the table for their families the organizers of the annual West Alabama Food and Wine Festival presented a check to the West Alabama Food Bank for $25,000 Wednesday morning.

“The West Alabama Food Bank is so excited to receive this $25,000 donation from the Food and Wine Festival that was held this year,” said food bank CEO Jean Rykaczewski. “With this money we’ll be able to help those families that are struggling right now. We’re seeing about a 25% uptick of first-time users.”

The Food and Wine Festival came back after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s festival featured 23 vendors from around West Alabama.

These funds are coming at an opportune time, as the food bank is moving from Northport to Tuscaloosa early next year.

Their new location is on Alabama Highway 69 South and features much more space for the organization.

If you’re interested in learning about how you can help the West Alabama Food Bank click here.


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