MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) has worked with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to secure $47,150 in grant money for a healthy food initiative in west Alabama. The money will go to the West Alabama Food Bank in Northport, which will purchase a mobile food truck to serve nine counties in west Alabama, including Fayette and Tuscaloosa.
“In 2015, I had the privilege of sponsoring the Healthy Food Financing legislative initiative, which was designed to give tax breaks and incentives to grocery stores that opened or expanded stores in underserved areas,” Reed said. “For some families, it can be miles to the nearest store or food stand with fresh fruit and vegetables. As we work to attract new grocery stores to rural areas in west Alabama, this grant will help bridge the gap by aiding a respected non-profit to ensure more people have access to healthy food.”
The West Alabama Food Bank is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to alleviating hunger in a nine-county region, and serves over 315,000 residents.
“Ensuring access to healthy food is essential to a positive quality of life for all Alabamians. I am proud to offer this grant to help the people of west Alabama,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Senator Reed and ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell to ensure that this grant money will go towards helping families who are in need.”
According to the West Alabama Food Bank, some areas of west Alabama have food insecurity rates that range as high as 31%, which is more than double the national average.
Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of all or parts of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties