From the West Alabama newsroom–
The Selma Space Meals Financial institution has offered meals to hundreds of individuals since COVID-19 hit. And all due to a well timed donation.
“My spouse and I, and my brother and his spouse, and a gentleman from Birmingham named Harry Kampakis, all of us owned this constructing collectively,” mentioned Joe Mussafer of Montgomery.
“So, it is a joint contribution.”
The Selma Space Meals Financial institution moved to its present location in 2019.
“And it could not have been at a greater time,” SAFB Govt Director Jeff Harrison mentioned.
“Clearly nobody knew what was coming. And I had no concept what we would have liked to be ready for. However this constructing allowed us to be ready.”
COVID-19 hit your complete nation exhausting. And the meals financial institution was prepared and in a position to assist hundreds of households by organizing takeout giveaways. Along with offering the meals, to disclose to others.
“If we had been in our different services, that would not have been doable,” Harrison mentioned.
“We might have been closed at some point of the lockdown. So it allowed us to maintain going, particularly when meals was so scarce.”
“Our capability has greater than tripled within the affect we are able to have,” mentioned MAFB CEO Michael Coleman.
“Now we’ve got a a lot bigger freezer and cooler. So we are able to transfer the product because it arrives from Montgomery right here to Selma. After which they’ll ship it to folks by means of totally different businesses and church buildings.”
Meals financial institution officers had been watching the constructing ten years earlier.
“We had checked out it. She could not afford to purchase it. After which a number of years later, the Lord blessed us with it,” Harrison mentioned.
The constructing was devoted in a ceremony on Friday morning.