Terrence Mallory, aka T-Mal, has embarked on a one-man food drive in south Albany, going from door to door, he said. Mallory said he has collected “a couple of hundred” food items for the hungry, which he plans to donate to the Salvation Army.
ALBANY — Terrence Mallory, aka T-Mal, has embarked on a drive for donated food, going door to door in his old south Albany neighborhood, he says.
The crumpled paper bag he uses to hold the canned goods and non-perishable items he collects bears the words “Hunger in the Hood.”
Mallory is a rapper. The T-Mal moniker an anacronym for “the most anticipated lyricist.” Mallory said the one-person food drive has been in progress for more than a week and will continue until today. His stated final stop for the donated food will be the Albany Salvation Army.
A member of the Community Spiritual Bible Study Church, Mallory says his movement to Christianity some three years ago has nothing to do with his desire to feed the hungry. According to Mallory, the idea for launching the Hunger in the Hood food drive came from a talk he had with Reginald Baldwin, vice president of Mallory’s music company, HoodRaised Records, Inc.
“Reginald and I decided to have a food drive and call it Hunger in the Hood and help less fortunate people like teen parents and single parents and others who need food to eat and are less fortunate than us.”
Baldwin is currently in Orlando, Fla., Mallory said.
Mallory said he started the drive in his car until it broke down, and now he continues to solicit donations strictly on foot. He says that many of the contributions come from those who know him and follow his career, although some donations are from people he doesn’t know.
Mallory says he’s not certain just how much food he’s collected so far but estimates it to be a “couple of hundred items.”