Understanding the need

The need to bring fresh, healthy food options to low-income families in Jefferson County is great. The impact doing so can have on our community is tremendous.

Make an Impact

The need is great for accessible, fresh produce and nutrition education for low-income neighbors in Bessemer. There are many ways you can get involved, from assembling produce bags to raising awareness of this important outreach. Your support can make good health a reality for hundreds of families, making our community a healthier, more productive place to live.

Here are a few ways you can make a difference:


A $52 donation provides a family of four a bag of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables for 1 month. Donate now.


We need you! The Produce Pantry would not exist without support from our dedicated team of volunteers, and below are several ways you can share your time and talents. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our volunteer interest form. Want more information? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 205-425-7737 or volunteers@thefoundryonline.org.


We believe in the transformational power of prayer and the impact it can have on our community. We invite you to lift up individuals and families who are hungry and food insecure in your prayers. Please pray for our Produce Pantry staff and volunteers, that they would be a blessing to those in need.

Share our Vision

Spread the word about this exciting new outreach and share our vision with your friends on social media! The more people we can get involved, the more people we can help!

Fresh & Frugal Recipes

Our recipe collection, inspired by creations from a local chef, combine fresh produce with easily accessible, affordable ingredients for a quick, delicious and nutritious meal.

Fresh, high-quality produce makes that homemade meal taste so much better and provides greater nutritional value compared to boxed or canned ingredients. Delivering quality produce to the doorstep of our neighbors is a first step in encouraging healthy eating and living. But what good is fresh produce if you don’t know how to cook with it?

Our recipe collection, inspired by creations from a local chef, combine fresh produce with easily accessible, affordable ingredients for a quick, delicious and nutritious meal. Please check back often! If you have an affordable and delicious recipe using fresh produce that you’d like to share, please send it our way.

Our Story

Established in 2015, the Produce Pantry is an outreach of The Foundry Ministries, a registered 501(3)c organization in Bessemer, Alabama, that serves the homeless, addicted, ex-offenders and low-income through programs of Rescue, Recovery and Re-Entry.

Our History

Established in 2015, the Produce Pantry is a mobile outreach of The Foundry Ministries, a registered 501(3)c organization in Bessemer, Alabama, serving the homeless, low-income, addicted, and ex-offenders through Community Outreach, Addiction Recovery and Prison Re-Entry programs.

The Foundry Ministries provides meals to program participants and struggling neighbors through our residential food programs, community food box and lunch programs. A large section of Bessemer is considered a “food desert”.

The mobile Produce Pantry helps eliminate the obstacles of transportation and limited resources.

Our Mission: To introduce healthy living into the “food desert” of Bessemer and surrounding cities, through fresh produce distribution and education.

Our Vision: To support food access, encourage healthy eating and directly impact the health of low-income families, working toward a healthier, more productive Jefferson County.

How It Works

Our Produce Pantry truck delivers fresh produce and distributes healthy recipes and nutrition education to low-income families in Jefferson County once a week, providing 1,500 pounds of fresh produce to 25 families. Our goal is to increase Produce Pantry deliveries to once a week to 50 families.

Produce for the Produce Pantry is purchased from a local food bank, supplemented with produce donations from the community. Our goal is to have 100% of the produce donated from our community partners.

Volunteers assist in packaging, loading and delivering produce pantry bags. Volunteers help distribute educational literature and assist in developing educational activities to teach families about nutrition. Volunteer nurses share healthy living recommendations and assess the medical needs of the Produce Pantry recipients. Those in need of further medical attention can receive care at the UAB School of Nursing Foundry Clinic.

Our Produce Pantry Partners

The development of the Produce Pantry is a collaborative effort between The Foundry, the Bessemer Housing Authority, University of Alabama/Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Walmart, Publix and local chef John Somerall.

  • Bessemer Housing Authority will identify neighborhoods and families in need of assistance and coordinate the Produce Pantry deliveries
  • UAB Nursing School will provide educational literature and learning activities, and volunteer nurses and nurse practitioners to assist those in need.
  • Currently, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and Walmart provide funding for the Produce Pantry outreach.
  • Publix and Walmart will help supply produce for the Produce Pantry.

Join Us

We’re thrilled to be a mobile produce delivery program in Jefferson County and we hope you will join us on our journey to provide healthy food, recipes and education directly to the low-income neighborhoods in our community.

Learn more about why this outreach is so important and then get involved to make a difference. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions.

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