Who we are

Board of Directors & Staff | Program Overview & History

Rescuing food, rebuilding lives.

Since 1995, Magic City Harvest has been recovering excess food to help combat hunger and eradicate food waste across Jefferson, Shelby, and Talladega counties. From evening volunteer runs to pick up a day’s worth of uneaten bread and bagels, to our packed schedule of daily food recovery from schools, hospitals and restaurants, our primary focus is recovering and then redistributing perishable food. We also work to:

  • Educate the community on understanding how poverty directly impacts food insecurity
  • Provide education and advocacy regarding the impact food insecurity on nutrition and obesity
  • Create and/or support collaborative partnerships focused on these issues



What We Do

Who We Serve | Community Collaboration

What is Food Security??

Food security is defined as “a condition in which community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system, maximizing self-reliance and social justice”. (Hamm & Bellows) Food insecurity is an issue of health – community health and individual health and well being.

What is meant by Food System??

The term “food system” is frequently used in discussions about nutrition, food, health, community economic development and agriculture. A food system includes all processes involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each of the steps. A food system operates within and is influenced by social, political, economic and environmental contexts.

The Realities of Poverty and Food Insecurity…

State of Alabama

  • One in five residents live in poverty** defined as earnings of $22,000 for a family of four
  • 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 of our children live in poverty
  • Second largest income gap in the United States
  • Ranked 39th in food security
  • 2nd most obese population in US
  • 6th poorest and the hungriest state

Jefferson County

  • 13.8% of all residents live in poverty
  • 21.6% of our children live in poverty
  • Ranked 39th in food security
  • Unemployment rate is currently 10.3%