North Al Food Bank 2000-B Vernon Avenue Huntsville, AL www.fbofna.org NEED: Canned and nonperishable food items North Alabama Food Bank distributes UAHRA donated food items to over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and churches throughout North Alabama. Food items are collected at UAHRA quarterly meetings and given to the Food Bank. Secret Meals for Hungry Children Alabama Credit Union www.secretmeals.org The Alabama Credit Union has established the Secret Meals For Hungry ChildrenSM program through partnerships with local food banks in Alabama. The objective is to address the issue of hunger facing our elementary schoolchildren. Currently, over twenty percent of Alabama’s children live below the poverty line. Many of these children rely heavily on free and reduced breakfasts and lunches five days a week. However, the weekends create a nutritional gap leaving many children hungry when they return to school on Monday. Secret Meals fills the gap these children experience with vitamin-fortified and nutritional meals that are discretely slipped into the backpacks of as many hungry children as donations allow. The cost to ensure one child receives a food pack each Friday throughout the school year is $140. For the upcoming 2014 – 2015 school year Secret Meals expects to provide over 2,100 children with food packs. Over 500 of these children are in North Alabama. UAHRA cash donations are sent to the Alabama Credit Union that provides all promotional and operational funding for the Secret Meals program. Every penny donated goes toward the purchase of food. In North Alabama the North Alabama Food Bank administers the program. The UAHRA collects donations at its quarterly meetings. These donations generally support a minimum of two children per year with food packs. Free-2-Teach West Huntsville Elementary School 3001 9th Ave SW Huntsville, AL www.Free-2-Teach.org NEED: School supplies - notebook paper, computer paper, #2 pencils, pens, crayons, washable markers, glue sticks Cash donations Free-2-Teach operates a volunteer run store stocked with teaching materials and classroom supplies for Huntsville City School teachers. Teachers can shop for free items to make sure students in grades Pre-K to 12 have adequate classroom materials. UAHRA collects school supplies and cash donations at its quarterly meetings and gives them to the Free-2-Teach program. Community Free Clinic 410 Sivley Road SW Huntsville, AL www.hsvfreeclinic.org NEED: Travel sized toiletries -- shampoos, soap and lotions Cash donations Community Free Clinic is a volunteer run organization. Since 1999 the Clinic has served 15,000 people in our community who have no health insurance or other options for healthcare. Local physicians donate their time. A dispensary is located on site for filling prescriptions. UAHRA collects these items at it quarterly meetings and gives them to the Free Clinic. Donated toiletries are bagged and distributed by Clinic staff to clients. Cash donations are sent to the Clinic to purchase expensive medications and diabetic supplies.