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Blazer Kitchen Logo on campus food bank
Serving UAB Employees and Students facing food insecurity with fresh and non-perishable foods
Food Distribution
Mondays from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Thursdays from 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Location:
Medical Towers, Suite 100
1717 11th Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35233

Email: blazerkitchen@uab.edu

Phone: 205-834-2895
(Please do not leave a voicemail; available by phone during food distribution hours only)


 

All UAB Employees and Students must present a UAB ONE Card or VIVA Health Employee Badge.

Students can also access the Food & Supply Pantry provided by Student Advocacy, Rights and Conduct in the Hill Student Center, Suite 303, 1400 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294 on Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00 pm.

Planning to visit the pantry? Consider downloading and completing forms prior to your visit:
USDA Eligibility Form (English)
USDA Eligibility Form (Spanish)
These forms are for food available through USDA; other food will be available for Employees and/or Students who are food insecure but do not meet USDA requirements.

The frequency of participation in the Blazer Kitchen is identified on a monthly basis based on need and food availability. Frequency guidelines can change at the discretion of the staff. Blazer Kitchen will be closed on all UAB observed holidays.

Alpha Gamma Delta volunteers in Blazer kitchen.Alpha Gamma Delta volunteers in Blazer Kitchen.

In collaboration with Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, UAB Office of the Vice President for Financial Affairs & Administration, UAB Medicine, and UAB Student Advocacy, Rights, and Conduct

Blazer Kitchen Stats

Statistics for Blazer Kitchen participation as of November 10th, 2017.

Blazer Kitchen by the Numbers
Volunteer at Blazer Kitchen
Please use Signup.com button for volunteer opportunities. Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Have a class or students that want to participate in Service Learning at Blazer Kitchen? Email servicelearn@uab.edu

Please complete and bring the following with you to your first volunteer shift. We ask that all volunteers be 18 years of age or older. 
pdfVolunteer Release Form
pdfVolunteer Confidentiality Agreement
Volunteers from UAB movers assist with delivering food to the Blazer Kitchen.Volunteers from UAB Movers assist with delivering food to the Blazer Kitchen.
DONATE TO BLAZER KITCHEN
In addition to Financial donations, which we put to great use with the purchasing power of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, we are in need of the following items: Protein Bars; Canned Meat; Shelf Stable Milk; Shelf Stable, Individual Serving, Microwavable Meals.

Since toiletries & household items cannot be purchased with SNAP (formerly food stamps) and are necessary, please consider donating: Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Dental Floss, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins, Feminine Hygiene Products, Laundry Detergent, Dishwashing Soap, and Household Cleaners. 


Donations can be made between 10 am- 12 pm every other Wednesday or by appointment.
Please email us prior to delivering donations at blazerkitchen@uab.edu

If you are shopping online and would like to ship items directly to Blazer Kitchen, please use the following address:

Blazer Kitchen
AB B-84
1720 2nd Ave S
Birmingham, AL
35294-0100

Give directly to the Blazer Kitchen with your Benevolent Fund Pledge! Designate to #680.

Other Blazer Kitchen Initiatives 
CFBCA Hospital Pantry LOGOBlazer Kitchen currently funds the food pantry in UAB Women and Infants Center
In 2013, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama (CFBCA) launched a hospital-based NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) food pantry serving mothers and family members with children enduring long hospital stays in the NICU. Partnering with two hospitals, UAB Hospital and Coosa Valley in Talladega County.  These pantries are stocked with specific items—like tuna salad, peanut butter, high-protein, easy-to-prepare meals, pretzels, nuts and protein bars —to benefit breastfeeding mothers. 

Providing an on-site pantry provides an innovative platform to increase food access for those in need and it also enables mothers to spend more time with their infants during a critical time of mother-child bonding.  The idea to begin a hospital pantry was created after NICU nurses noticed some mothers never left the ward to eat (or couldn’t afford the hospital meals) and many were afraid to leave their children or ask for help.  Patients are referred to the pantry by medical professionals and onsite social workers who recognize symptoms of food insecurity. 

In January 2017, the Blazer Kitchen began funding and managing the program. As of July 2017, the Blazer Kitchen has provided 2060 meals to the RNICU pantry
. The program will be expanded in late 2017 and 2018 to support patients in select clinics and families of long term hospital patients in collaboration with UAB Medicine.