MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- According to the latest census, Mobile County remains one of the most "at-risk" counties in the state when it comes contracting HIV. AIDS Alabama South continues to try and meet the demand of new cases -- their services continue to grow -- most noticeably their food bank.
"It basically expanded overnight," said Candace Taylor, AIDS Alabama South social worker. "Before we moved to this building -- we only had a small freezer."
Thanks to recent grant money -- they were able to purchase three industrial freezers and a refrigerator. They're now trying to fill them and the empty shelves of their growing pantry.
"When a new client comes in we ask them to list their needs. Food is always high on the list and that's because to eat healthy, healthier foods cost more than snacks and regular food we eat daily. It's more expensive to purchase fresh fruits, fresh produce. Especially our elderly who get 10 to 15 dollars a month. That's not enough to sustain for a month," explained Taylor.
AIDS Alabama South is able to purchase monthly supplies, however -- the overwhelming need usually outweighs their monthly budget. The non-profit says donations are always welcome.
In addition to Mobile -- they serve 11 other counties and say every little bit helps in making a big difference.
"It's a great feeling to be able to help someone, especially when they come in and they feel like they are down and they come in and they talk with us and we can say -- well, we can help you with X, Y, and Z. We can help you with the food part. Our clients are always so grateful. They are always so thankful," said Taylor.
AIDS Alabama South is located at 4321 Downtowner Loop North in Mobile. If you'd like to donate or volunteer you can call 251-471-5277.