Need for food assistance growing in north Alabama

By  Scott Turner 

Food Bank of North Alabama CEO Shirley Schofield. Nov. 17, 2023.Scott Turner

Shirley Schofield calls being CEO of the Food Bank of North Alabama “kind of a second career for me.”

“I was a journalist for many years,” she told the Lede. “I worked in newspapers in Mississippi, Florida and California. I loved it and did it for about 25 years. I was an assistant city editor, deputy city editor. I was out in California, and I just needed to move back and be closer to my family in Alabama.”

Originally from south Alabama, Schofield had family in Huntsville.

“It was a better area for me to try to find something new,” she said.

Schofield wanted to work at a non-profit and started volunteering in the area. She saw an ad for a position at the Food Bank of North Alabama.