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Published: November 18, 2021

Lovelady Manna Is Our New Community Food Bank Ministry. Learn More.

Here at The Lovelady Center, we’re always looking for new ways to serve our community. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways just around the corner—or even across the street! We were recently blessed with an opportunity to step into the place of a long-standing and beloved ministry: Eastern Area Christian Ministries donated us their building, which had been equally donated to them 30+ years ago. We wished to continue with the ministry—and further serve our community—which has led us to open Lovelady Manna. 

The Need for a Food Bank

It’s no secret that food insecurity is an issue in the United States. But something that most Alabamians don’t know? Alabama has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. And this is directly impacting our neighbors. 1 in 6 adults is affected by food insecurity. And the impact on children is even greater, with 1 in 4 children lacking access to adequate food. 

The effects of food insecurity are far-reaching. For children, it damages their ability to learn and develop normally. For adults, a nutrient-lacking diet can lead to serious and chronic health issues. While there are government programs aimed at working against these problems, they sometimes fall short. That’s where community food banks, like Lovelady Manna, come in to fill the gaps. 

How Lovelady Manna Will Serve

Our hopes for this community food bank are big! We already serve the women in our community by helping them reenter society as well-equipped women of God. So we’re extremely excited to expand our reach and services through Lovelady Manna. 

We chose the name because of a story from the Bible. In Exodus, the Lord fed the Israelites with Manna when they were hungry. He promised that there would always be enough provision from Him. We thrive on this idea entirely. God will always provide enough for his people. 

In that same effort, we’ll be doing everything we can to serve the needs of our neighbors and provide for them. Right now, we plan to serve the community five-to-six days a week, but we will adjust as we learn just how great the need is in our neighborhood. 

Everything we do, including our new food bank, comes down to our key scripture. Matthew 25:31–40 drives everything that we do. 

For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. I needed clothes, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you looked after me. I was in prison, and you came to visit me.

Want to Help? Here’s How.

If you’re looking to get involved and give back to the community, we welcome donations to help us with this new project. To learn more about us and how we’ve served our community in the past, visit our blog or join our newsletter!

14 comments on “Lovelady Manna Is Our New Community Food Bank Ministry. Learn More.”

  1. The center helped my friend so much,her name is Tonya Glbson Glass. So sad when she passed away. But I just want to say thank yaw for all you do. God bless you all.

  2. You are doing a good thing and I appreciate all of you. I particularly appreciate one of my Bible Study guys volunteering, thanks Bob Eaves!

  3. I have some baby items I wish to donate. I had delivery order from a grocery store and they got mixed in with my order. I have a can of baby formula dry powder and a container of baby rice cereal

  4. I've been in this community over 16 years I used to work at Eastlake United Methodist Church in the daycare I think that's a wonderful thing so many women that needed and so many families that needed help with the food and the children we thank God for the Lovelady feeling may God richly bless and keep on blessing in the mighty name of Jesus Amen and amen

  5. How are you providing food, and what are you serving—groceries or meals?

    How do individuals or families qualify? How often may they be served?

    Can anyone in Birmingham receive food?

  6. Thank you for helping women out of prison. They need support. Most don’t have it. They always need a place to live when they have nowhere safe to go. God Bless you all

  7. I Love shopping at the Love Lady Thrift Store. How can I get help with food for me, my daughter & my 3 grandchildren ? I am on disability and by the time I pay rent the is barely any left to buy anything else..

    1. Hello Bridgett,
      We serve food boxes every Thursday from 11 am - 1 pm at The Lovelady Manna. We would love to have you come by.
      The address is 8002 Second Ave S. Birmingham, AL 35206 (directly across from The Lovelady Center).

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