Created in 1985, the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA) is a membership association serving the eight regional food banks in Georgia, which collectively distribute more than 130 million pounds of food annually to 2,600 partner nonprofits with food assistance programs in all 159 counties throughout the state. The Association’s eight regional food banks and their more than 2,600 partner agencies make it one of the largest associations in the state of Georgia.
The Association was created in a statewide effort to support the food security of low-income and needy individuals, families and households, through their efforts and in support of their member food banks. Its role is to coordinate and maximize the efforts of member food banks in the State, enabling them to better provide a healthy and adequate food supply for people in need:
- Identify and facilitate the sharing of best practices
- Advocacy and Public Awareness about hunger issues and the role of food banks in combating hunger
- Seeking sources of funding, food and resources to meet the needs of the hungry through the Association and its member food banks
- Building alliances and other relationships that advance the mission of the Association and its members
The food banks are members of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks.
Georgia Mountain Food Bank's (GMFB's) mission is to address hunger, health and quality of life by serving those in need. An affiliate of Atlanta Community Food Bank, they provide a vital link between sources of food supplies and hardworking community-based partner agencies who help get the food into the hands of families and individuals in need.
Food Well Alliance, formed in partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank, exists to connect members of Atlanta’s local food movement around building healthier communities, transforming our local food system and improving our lives.
What is a local food movement? It is a movement of people, organizations, businesses and educators that are all working to put more local food on the table, which strengthens our community and our local economy.
These individuals and organizations support local agriculture, food distribution channels, awareness efforts, food waste recovery and, of course, food consumption. As we say – if you eat, you’re in.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is involved in a collaborative effort of community, organizations, business, funders, etc. to improve fresh and healthy food distribution in underserved neighborhoods. The Georgia Food Oasis program helps communities develop innovative and affordable ways for residents to discover, taste and learn about food. By working together, neighbors, nonprofits and community leaders can help community members shop smarter, eat healthier and feel better. Through an Eat – Cook – Grow strategy, the Georgia Food Oasis will enhance opportunities for residents to come together to cook up their own food future. While the Westside Atlanta is the pilot location, the Food Oasis will be replicated throughout Georgia. Over the next 3 years, the Food Bank will expand Food Oasis throughout the City of Atlanta, while Georgia Organics focuses on expanding Food Oasis throughout the state.