Birmingham organization raises money after community pantry is stolen overnight

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A local nonprofit is raising money to permanently replace a community food pantry after it was stolen overnight in the West End.

Margins: Women Helping Black Women operates several community food pantries in the Birmingham area where any resident in need can come and pick up food at their convenience.

“Margins’ goal is to uplift and strengthen black women and their ability to parent, helping black parents get ahead and stay ahead, so black children can grow up safely. , safe, housed and well fed,” the organization’s social media site reads. .

On Thursday morning, Margins announced that their West End pantry – food, shelves and all – had been swept away overnight.

“The need is great all of you. We know the pressures of struggle, poverty and capitalism,” the organization said. “We are not happy that our pantry is taken and we are not angry.”

The post said that in the future, Margins may try to cement the pantries themselves to the ground to prevent theft.

As the organization raises funds for a permanent replacement, a temporary pantry has been relocated to the West End.

“I hate the idea that you can expect to be able to grab something and find it’s already gone,” Margins’ post said.

If you would like to help Margins, you can send donations to the organization’s Executive Director, Jenise TJ Fountain on Paypal at this link or on CashApp at username $TJ1091

You can also buy food items for Community Pantries by ordering from Margins’ Amazon Wishlist at this link.

Norma P. Rex