SARALAND, Ala. (WKRG) — The City of Saraland is partnering up with local churches and the Saraland Christian Ministerial Association to provide food for Saraland residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re seeing a lot of genuine need that’s out there,” said Mike Hoppe, the pastor with the Saraland United Methodist Church.
The City is partnering with the Saraland Christian Ministerial Association, Destination Church and the Saraland UMC Food Pantry.
The mayor announced the partnership last week, and the first distribution is set for Monday, April 27.
“So we could serve even more people in the city of Saraland,” said Veronica Hudson, a Saraland city council member.
The Food Pantry will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Saraland United Methodist Church, at 415 McKeough Avenue. It is a drive-through distribution, you’re asked to stay in your cars. This is for Saraland residents only, an ID is required, and you will be asked some demographical questions. Residents are asked to come only once a week.
“If we see the need, we’ll continue this as long as we need to,” said Hoppe.
Saraland United Methodist Church and Destination Church have already been distributing food, the partnership with the city will allow them to serve more people. Saraland United Methodist Church has been feeding school families in need for several weeks now. They say on average, they see about 100 families a week.
“There are some people who are coming through the line who have never been to a food pantry before. And they’re telling us their stories that they are laid off from their work, they’re furloughed. They don’t want to come and get food, but they have to to feed their family,” said Hoppe.
Church leaders say the grant from the city will go a long way to help feed Saraland residents.
“We’re purchasing our food from the food bank in Theodore, and that helps us to make the food go a lot further than it would otherwise. We’re hoping this grant will allow us to feed people for the next month and a half or so,” said Hoppe.
If you need more information, you’re asked to call City Hall at 215-675-5103 for details, and if you would like to help by volunteering, or donating.