Brown Bag Program

The Brown Bag Program of the Wiregrass is one of the ways the Wiregrass Food Bank provides help to our community. Find out more below!

What is the Brown Bag Program of the Wiregrass?

The Brown Bag Program of the Wiregrass is a supplemental grocery program for eligible individuals age 60 and older who live in Houston, Henry, Dale, Coffee, Geneva, and Barbour counties in Alabama.

Each month, seniors are provided bags of groceries during the third week of the month - the time when most budgets are depleted. Seniors receive groceries from one of 17 distribution sites set up throughout our service area - usually churches, senior centers, or community resource centers.

There is no cost to the individuals served and eligibility is determined by using the federal income guidelines for poverty. The Brown Bag program is designed to help those whose main source of income is Social Security, and who normally have to choose between nutritious foods and crucial medications.

Where does the food come from?

The bulk of the food provided comes from the Wiregrass Area Food Bank. The food is donated to the Food Bank by wholesalers, grocers, and distributors who receive a charitable contribution deduction on their taxes and enjoy the benefit of seeing that good food goes to those who need it. Along with the food obtained through the Food Bank, food is also donated through food drives hosted by civic groups, religious organizations, individuals, businesses, and other organizations. Funding for the program comes through donations. Donations of any amount help and are greatly appreciated.

$65 provides an individual with this service for an entire year!

How can I help with the Brown Bag Program?

If you'd like to help the Brown Bag program, there are several ways to do so:

  • Become a program participant sponsor
  • Host a food drive to benefit the Brown Bag Program
  • Volunteer at a Distribution Site
  • Volunteer to deliver groceries to homebound individuals
  • Help us find additional sources of donated food, especially fresh produce

Interested in donating to the Brown Bag Program?

If you'd like to make a donation to the Brown Bag Program using a check, please make checks payable to the Brown Bag Program and mail to:

Wiregrass Area Food Bank
382 Twitchell Road
Dothan, AL 36303

If you'd like to donate by debit or credit card, please use the button below and be sure to include in the note that your donation is designated for the Brown Bag Program.