With each day, the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic inflict more pain across our community. Schools across the state are closed, restaurants and other businesses are shuttered and countless workers face the reality of layoffs, furloughs and missed paychecks.
Thanks to your generous support, we are rapidly mobilizing to keep meals on the table for seniors, children and families across our community.
How We’re Responding
We are taking extra measures to keep our teams and partners healthy. These teams are our greatest champions and their daily efforts to get needed meals into the community must be protected.
We are purchasing additional food to support emergency food distributions. Our normal supply of food donations from retail partners has dropped dramatically. And our inventory was already lower than usual due to the recent move into our new facility. Our top priority right now is to increase the amount of food available to our network of 600 food providers. Their ability to impact hunger on the frontlines depends on our ability to continue operations.
We are partnering with schools to feed families who have lost access to school meals. The Food Bank is providing weekly food distributions at 20+ sites across five local schools districts including Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, DeKalb County School District, Clayton County Public Schools and Marietta City Schools. The number of sites and partnering schools districts continues to grow. Each distribution will provided approximately 10,000 pounds of food directly into local communities and will be used to supplement the meals that are being served through school cafeterias.
We are identifying pockets of unmet need for special mobile distributions. Similar to our response during the government shutdown in January 2019, we anticipate setting up mobile pantries in high-need locations around our service area.
We are equipping vulnerable neighbors to find the food they need through both web- and text-based pantry locator tools. Individuals can text "FINDFOOD" for responses in English or "COMIDA" for responses in Spanish to 888-976-2232. Users are prompted to enter their zip code or address to enable location services for nearby food pantries. Those seeking help can also find available pantries using the COVID-19 Help Map on our website.
How You Can Help
Your support is more critical than ever. The best way you can help fuel our emergency response is with a donation right now. Every $1 can provide enough food for up to 4 meals.
Other ways to give include check and donor-advised fund (DAF). Please mail all offline gifts to Atlanta Community Food Bank, 3400 North Desert Drive, Atlanta, GA 30344.
Start a “Virtual” Food Drive
Encourage your friends, coworkers and neighbors to help you keep meals on the table for our community at this time by starting a “virtual” food drive. Rather than collecting food, set up your custom virtual food drive page and share the link across your social media channels to ask your network for support. Get started at www.acfb.org/food-fund-drives.
We encourage you not to go out and purchase food to donate from grocery stores in order to leave it on the shelves for people who need it. If you do have food in your home to donate, you may bring it to the Food Bank or deliver it to a local food pantry in your area.
Create a Facebook Fundraiser
Leverage your social network to help support the Food Bank and start a Facebook Fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/fund/atlfoodbank/
To ensure the health of our staff and community, the Food Bank is not using volunteers physically in our facility for the next 30 days. However, we are partnering with other groups to provide volunteers at local food distribution events. View current volunteer opportunities at Hands On Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta.
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