13,584 pounds of food was donated, sorted and transported to the Food Bank of East Alabama last Saturday. And if you’re trying to figure it out, that’s 6.792 tons of food.

A couple hundred people gathered at 8 am this past Saturday morning to sort through about 500 boxes of food donated through the Christmas season. Everyone from toddlers to older adults like me jumped in and helped.

The food was sorted into categories like rice, canned fruits, peanut butter and canned vegetables. It took about an hour to sort all the food and then re-box it for delivery to the Food Bank. Once at the Food Bank, the donated food is distributed to food-insecure families and individuals in our community.

The mission of the Food Bank of East Alabama is…

to alleviate hunger; to provide an efficient, coordinated system for collecting and distributing food; to reduce food waste; and to increase public awareness regarding hunger and food security issues in East Central Alabama.

The Food Bank of East Alabama is part of a larger organization, the Alabama Food Bank Association, made up of eight regional food banks in Alabama. From their website…

The daily mission of food banking is simple:  to obtain food and then, in turn, deliver it to emergency food programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  The Alabama Food Bank Association works to end hunger by assisting the food bank network in obtaining more food and funds, fostering public awareness of the food banks’ mission, and creating partnerships to help alleviate hunger in Alabama.

For many years the Cornerstone family has played a part in the mission of our local food bank. Including this year, we have donated almost 35 tons of food through our Food Stock events.  During the year, there are many hundreds and even thousands of additional pounds donated by small groups, families and individuals. We are truly impacting our community and fulfilling our call as Believers to feed the hungry.

Luke 3:11 “If you have two coats, give one away, he said. Do the same with your food.”

If you would like to continue working with the food bank throughout the year we suggest getting involved with the Food Project of East Alabama. Cornerstone was introduced to this program this past summer during our Art of Neighboring message series, and since then many families have jumped on board. It is a way for you to encourage your neighbors into becoming long term food donors. For more information, you can visit the Food Project web page or email Brian Johnson (brian@cornerstonebuzz.org).

To see more photos from Food Stock 2014, click here. To see video highlights, click here.

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