The Issue: Food Insecurity Pervasive in North Georgia
Focusing on school or work can be a challenge when your stomach is empty and there is no food in the house—but it's a hardship experienced by many Atlanta-area residents on a daily basis. In fact, more than 16% of people living in metro Atlanta and north Georgia and 20% of all Georgians were food insecure in 2011, meaning they didn't always know where their next meal would come from.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Low-Income Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute food to 29 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. For every $5 raised, the organization will be able to provide 20 meals to children, seniors, and families in need.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
More than 58,000 people receive emergency food each week through more than 600 nonprofit agencies in 29 metro-Atlanta and north-Georgia counties. And those nonprofits agencies get their food from Atlanta Community Food Bank. But this organization's reach wasn't always so wide. In 1979, when Atlanta Community Food Bank set up shop in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, it distributed 15,000 pounds of food in its first six months—a respectable sum, but nothing compared to the 45 million pounds of food it distributes annually today. Growing with the number of residents facing food insecurity, the Food Bank expanded into a permanent 129,600-square-foot facility, gathered a force of volunteers, and pushed its balanced meals into food pantries, childcare centers, and night shelters.
Although it tackles hunger, Atlanta Community Food Bank believes groceries alone are not enough to stymie the effects of poverty—it also takes education. To that end, it engages and empowers the community through seven core projects. These include educating residents on healthy eating, helping them begin community gardens, and supplying brand-new school supplies.