Every day the Midwest Food Bank converts donations of money and time into life sustaining currency dispensed from an Indiana warehouse to just about anywhere. On Monday, Fox59 followed Andy Schroeder and his father-in-law Dick Williams on a trip to a place where it's needed most: Alabama.

"I wanted to come because I wanted to see what was going on down here," said Wallace.

As we crossed into Alabama, on our way to Birmingham we first made a stop in Athens.

"I think there was about 220 some homes destroyed here," explains resident Reed Tunstill.

Tunstill spent the day operating a backhoe in what used to be a neighborhood. He says the county, unlike others nearby, hasn't yet been declared a disaster area.

"We're still waiting. Last I had heard, we were still waiting."

"You see a teddy bear, or you see a poster from some bedroom wall, or a car that you just know has been up in the air and tossed around it's unbelievable. I've never been in a situation like this," described by Indianapolis volunteer Andy Schroeder.

That's saying a lot considering Schroeder has delivered emergency supplies to the victims of Katrina and the Nashville flood. It's also why he couldn't wait to get to Birmingham.

"Obviously we're just making a dent in helping people out, but it's neat to see people join together in times like this. It doesn't matter you know, who they are, what race they are, what background they are. Everyone joins together and they help each other and that's the way it should be."

Though the residents said they didn't need any supplies, we were told a group of Hoosiers and others from out of state had already left their mark.

"It means a lot. It hit a soft spot with me this morning, you know, when they came in and they didn't have stuff to work with and needing saws to actually come in and do the work. As a matter of fact I haven't even gotten to thank them. They've already gone," said Tunstill.

Maybe that's why the men representing this food bank are so eager to pay it forward.

"It's a gift from God to these people, that's the way I look at it anyway. Christ's helping hand to these people that are in need and to be a part of that is very humbling," explains volunteer Dick Williams.

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