(MOBILE, Ala.) Even a multi-state charitable food distributor can use a little help during the holidays.
The Bay Area Food Bank received a $500 donation from Local 15 for the purchase of canned goods for food boxes.
Bay Area Food Bank Executive Director David Reaney said the donation will help them include those holiday favorites in each food box delivered to families in need.
"Pies, and cakes and stuff to help liven up an otherwise normal meal," Reaney said. "We want everybody to have, especially on the holidays, a big meal. Where we may put out a food box that's 40 pounds we might try to get 50 pounds during the holiday distribution to give them a little boost. The challenge of course is having enough food to go around."
Reaney said the food bank supports more than 600 churches and non-profit groups across three states.
"We are distributing this year about one and a quarter million pounds of food, about a million meals a month, to those organizations that then go and help those people in need," Reaney said.
To put it in prospective, Reaney said $500 will put food on the table for at least a hundred families.
"We focus on it (giving) more during the holidays, but it's really a spirit that's here year around and that's the great thing about America," Reaney said.
In the spirit of the Christmas season, Local 15 News and its supporters started a new holiday tradition called "Making Spirits Bright". Each weeknight through Christmas, Local 15 News is teaming up with a local agency in need and a sponsor who really cares.