I am writing this letter to ask your readers to buy a few extra groceries this week to donate to the Food Bank of East Alabama during this Beat Bama Food Drive. As a director of a local food pantry which purchases and receives food from the food bank, I see firsthand the needs in our community.

Believe it or not, there are many in the Auburn-Opelika area who are hungry. We serve over 900 families representing more than 2,000 people every year. The food at the food bank is essential in helping our budget stretch to feed the locally food insecure. If donations are low, and they were last year, most agencies are unable to provide as much food during the critical winter months.

Please consider writing a check (this counts for pounds, too) or donating items such as canned tuna, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese and canned vegetables such as green beans and corn.

Your donations DO make a difference in the lives of those who live right here in your very own community. And, right now, the food bank is very low on food.

Pam Baginski, Volunteer Food Pantry Director

Lakeview Baptist Church

Auburn

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