AL National Fair Benefits Local Montgomery Area Food Bank


By Ellis Eskew

The Alabama National Fair is in full swing and who could resist all the fun when admission and the rides are just a dollar when you bring a donated canned good.

Glenda Maxie says, "It's a good cause. Food going to people who really need it. Food, fun and kids!"

And it looks like there is a lot of support for Thursday night's cause.

 "A huge success already, by 5:30/ 6:00 two of our parking lots were already closed and we're moving into the overflow parking lot. So we're going to have a big crowd here tonight enjoying the fair," said Bob MCGaughey, Fair Board President.

All the donated food items will go to the Montgomery Area Food bank to help them stock their shelves.

"We love this night at the fair. It has a tremendous impact. Last year we brought in more than 700 pounds from this one night. And it may not sound like much in the grand scheme of things, when you think of every can that you bring in, every box of cereal or anything like that is going to a family that really needs help-- that's tremendous," said Jaime Robards with the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

Over 300 agencies rely on the food bank. That comes to about 330 thousand people that rely on the public's donations.

"Some of the best things we can get here at the food bank are lean proteins, so beans, canned meat and fish, chicken, things like that. Everybody loves peanut butter, so that's a good thing," said Robards.

And the Montgomery Area Food Bank is hoping this year they will get even more donations from the fair than years past thanks to all those who come to the fair and have a big heart.

 "They need help and it's good to help people," said Selena May attending the fair.

The fair is put on by the Montgomery Kiwanis Club.
During the past 60 years the fair has been going on, the club has been able to give a total of six million dollars back to the community.


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