DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Wiregrass Area Food Bank has set a new record in food distribution.
The bank gave out 3,642,328 pounds of food in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, thanks to demand from Hurricane Michael’s aftermath and the food surplus caused by the ongoing trade war with other countries that kept exports within the states.
Executive Director David Hanks said that this new record exceeds the previous record by more than 200,000 pounds of food.
“It has been an interesting year here at the Food Bank,” Hanks said. “With Hurricane Michael and the USDA Trade Mitigation Program we have experienced a bigger demand for food to assist with disaster relief and a surplus of extra product for our partners to distribute.
“It has been a challenge sometimes with perishables, but through our partners and teamwork a record amount of food was distributed to those in need throughout the Wiregrass.”
The bank gives out food through 154 non-profit agencies across Houston, Henry, Dale, Coffee, Geneva, and Barbour counties. In total, the amount of food sent out could have been used to make 2,845,569 meals within its jurisdiction.