Tuscaloosa's One Place, a local family resource center, will host a food pantry on Saturday morning for families who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have seen an increase in food insecurity in the community since COVID with school-age children not having access to their food sources and parents scrambling to provide food for their families," said Ashley Cornelius-Hester, Director of Communications for Tuscaloosa’s One Place.

The family resource center, which normally serves around 8,000 people per year, have completed eight food pantry events since March. Cornelius-Hester said that the center normally hosts about four food pantries per year, but have been able to host more than double the usual number of events this year because of donations from the community.

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"That's because people have seen what a huge need this is in the community and they are donating whether through private efforts or through church efforts, they are donating the cost to host additional food pantries," Cornelius-Hester said.

Cornelius-Hester said that people who arrive at the food pantry will not need ID in order to receive a food box.

"We decided to take the opportunity to set up a free community pantry to give back to the families that may not necessarily be our clients," Cornelius-Hester said.

The event is first-come, first-serve and will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday at Monnish Park on Hackberry Lane in Tuscaloosa. For more information about the event, check out the Tuscaloosa's One Place Facebook page here.

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