Bessemer food pantry now overflowing with donations

Bessemer food pantry now overflowing with donations

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Workers restock the Bessemer food pantry with donations given in the past 24 hours. Source: WBRC video Workers restock the Bessemer food pantry with donations given in the past 24 hours. Source: WBRC video
Captain Tammy Boothe with the Salvation Army says the response from the community has been "overwhelming." Source: WBRC video Captain Tammy Boothe with the Salvation Army says the response from the community has been "overwhelming." Source: WBRC video
Salvation Army social worker Trina Dale says the phones have been ringing off the hook with people asking how they can help. Source: WBRC video Salvation Army social worker Trina Dale says the phones have been ringing off the hook with people asking how they can help. Source: WBRC video
A man drops off donations at the Salvation Army food pantry in Bessemer. A man drops off donations at the Salvation Army food pantry in Bessemer.
Some of the food donations that have come in during the past 24 hours. Some of the food donations that have come in during the past 24 hours.
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Last night we told you about the Salvation Army food pantry in Bessemer that was running critically low on food for the families it serves.

Tonight, we have the kind of update we love to bring you. Thanks to your generosity in just the past 24 hours, the pantry is now overflowing.

"Since Fox came out and did the first clip about what's going on here, we have had nothing but the phone ringing all morning since about eight o'clock," Salvation Army social worker Trina Dale said.

"People asking what they can bring. So far we have a lot of canned goods and we've had more calls and more people coming today," Dale added.

Captain Tammy Boothe with the Salvation Army had faith that Birmingham would live up to its reputation as one of the most giving cities in America, and you proved that with action.

"It's overwhelming," Boothe said. "We want to say 'thank you' to the surrounding people who live in our communities to be able to fill up our food pantry. It's not quite full yet, but I think as the donations come in today, it will be full. We'll be able to meet the needs of our communities."

"I've been here a couple of years and when we ask for requests, we get a little here and a little there," Dale explained. "But to see the overwhelming community response to the shortage and wanting to help, it's really shown the community is here for one another."

Food Services East, an Alabaster company, actually donated a whole van full of food from their warehouse this morning and Captain Boothe says all of this food will help them meet their needs for the next two to four months.

"I sat in my office earlier with tears of just--we didn't know what we were going to do come Friday other than just shut the doors for the food," Boothe said. "But now we don't have to shut the doors."

The food pantry normally feeds between 50 and 60 families in need every month.

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