Incorporated in 1993 with an advisory board, many from the subcommittee on health of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, MCH is one of over 130 similar programs operating at the local level across the nation.

1994 Began operations as all volunteer pilot project
Food was transported in private vehicles utilizing USDA approved coolers/blue ice.


1995 A new refrigerated van was purchased through grants from the UPS Fdn and Share Our Strength. Volunteers were used to distribute donated food.
57,000 lbs of food donated and distributed


1996 Full time Executive Director hired
Program relocated to current location
Walk-in cooler donated and installed in facility
Part time paid driver hired
Initiated the WORLD HUNGER DAY event – providing a hot meal to 3,000 needy folks
155,000 lbs of food donated and distributed


1997 A full time driver position was added to staff
A new GMC 12ft refrigerated box truck was acquired in December through a Community Foundation challenge grant and private matching funds.
200,000 lbs of food donated and distributed


1998 240,000 food distributed


1999 Implemented the Fresh Produce: From Market to Table project with a Kraft Foods grant
290,000 lbs of food donated and distributed


2000 340,000 lbs of food distributed


2001 Half time program assistant hired
400,000 lbs of food distributed


2002 450,000 lbs of food distributed


2003 600,000 lbs of food distributed


2004 Co-convened the first statewide ALABAMA HUNGER SUMMIT
700,000 lbs of food distributed


2005 Co-established the Food Security Coalition of Jefferson County now known as the Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners
750,000 lbs of food distributed


2006 800,000 lbs of food distributed **
** Total MCH program budget equates to 20 cents per lb distributed


2007 830,000 lbs of food distributed


2008 GBCFP Co-convened The Alabama Food Summit
Second full-time driver added to staff
900,000 lbs of food distributed


2009 GBCFP Co-convened The Alabama Food Summit “Food Matters”
1,000,000 lbs of food distributed


2010 15th Annual WORLD HUNGER DAY event activities began October 28th at UAB Hospital 4th annual Alabama Food Summit was held November 12th and 13th
1.5 million lbs of food distributed


2011 8th Annual Empty Bowls held at St. Vincent’s April 28
16th Annual World Hunger Day event to feed 3,800 needy on October 19
3rd refrigerated truck purchased


2012 New this year! Preview Party for Empty Bowls March 29 held at St. Vincent’s
9th Annual Empty Bowls Soup and Bread Lunch March 30 held at St. Vincent’s
Moved to new location -3728 4th Terrace North
17th Annual World Hunger Day events Oct. 22-25 at UAB Hospital
Third full-time driver added to staff
Junior Board formed


2013 10th Annual Empty Bowls Soup and Bread Lunch scheduled for May 2, 2013 at St. Vincent’s


Magic City Harvest is a coalition member of the Bold Goals initiative.