The Issue: Food Insecurity in Georgia
Nearly 850,000 more Georgians lived in poverty in 2012 than did in 2000. With poverty, comes difficult choices: whether to pay rent or buy food; whether to purchase medicine or feed your family. That’s what it means when people face food insecurity—not always knowing where their next meal will come from, or if it will come at all. And more than 16% of people in metro Atlanta and north Georgia, and 20% of all Georgians, were food insecure in 2011.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Local Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute food to underserved children, seniors, and families. For every $10 raised, the organization can distribute 40 meals to underserved people through 600 partner organizations across the metro Atlanta area and northern Georgia.
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.