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E. AL food bank in crisis sends complaint to Rep. Mike Rogers

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - One group says an imposed contract is creating a crisis for 23 food for the poor programs in Russell County, Ala.

On Tuesday, representatives delivered a letter to Congressman Mike Rogers' office at the Russell County Courthouse. 

The letter states they were told two years ago by Feeding America in Chicago that their agencies could no longer use the East Alabama Food Bank in Auburn.

They say all of the agencies were ordered to access food from the Valley Food Bank in Columbus.

Marie Slayton with the Phenix City food program Tears Incorporated says this policy has had a negative impact on getting healthy food to the poor.

"Some of the food stocks we have to get are not nutritious like USDA Foods," Slayton said. "We can't get that many canned goods. We don't get that quote 'Top Choice' cereals and the dry products like that."

The group wants to be relieved from the contract and have Congressman Rogers endorse their letter to Matt Knott, President of Feeding America.

They hope to hear a response soon.     

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