Basics

What We Do

Founded in 1979, ACFB procures more than million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. 

Who We Serve

Food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters, and senior centers are among the agencies that receive product from ACFB. In turn, these partner agencies provide food and other critical resources for low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger and food insecurity.

How it Works

ACFB utilizes more than 1,000 volunteers a month, over 100 staff members, a large fleet of trucks and a 129,000 square-foot facility to procure and distribute food and grocery items received from hundreds of donors. Our donors include manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers, restaurants, food drives, gardens and individuals. The product is easily accessed by our partner agencies. They place their orders online and arrange for pick up or delivery. Once the food arrives at the agency, it is provided to families and individuals in need. See our product flow infographic.

It Starts With Food, but it Doesn’t Stop There.

The mission of the Atlanta Community Food Bank is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community. While our core work is food distribution, our efforts extend far beyond that.  Our mission is lived out every day through seven projects that help engage, educate and empower both people in need and those who want to help. From supporting community gardens to assisting people in finding economic security, ACFB covers a wide range of opportunities for people to learn and get involved. Our seven projects are Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center. Learn more about ACFB’s seven community projects

For more information on the Atlanta Community Food Bank and our projects, contact us at info@acfb.org or 404.892.9822.

Our mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.
FAQ

What is the mission of the Atlanta Community Food Bank?
The mission of the Atlanta Community Food Bank is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.

How does ACFB fight hunger?
ACFB procures and distributes more than 50 million pounds of food and grocery products each year, and distributes that product to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies with food assistance programs across 29 metro Atlantaand north Georgia counties. We also operate seven projects that enhance our mission: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.

Does ACFB provide direct service to people in need of food assistance?
ACFB does not provide direct service to families and individuals, but rather to our network of partner agencies. We provide bulk quantities of product to these agencies, and they use the product received from us to provide meals and groceries directly to their clients – the families and individuals seeking food assistance.    

What exactly is an ACFB partner agency?
Our partner agencies are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that operate food assistance programs. Some provide hot meals; some distribute groceries and others do both. Our partner agencies include food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters, senior centers and more.

Who are the clients that come to ACFB’s partner agencies for food assistance?
Our partner agencies’ clients are people who are food insecure - they don’t have the financial resources to access enough nutritious food to live a healthy life. Clients include families with or without children, individuals and seniors. There has never been a time in the history of food banking that more people have been facing hunger and food insecurity. Nearly 17% of Georgia’s population is food insecure. That includes more than one in every four Georgia children and one in every ten seniors.

Where does the food come from?
Much of the food is donated from the food and hospitality industry.  Food and product donors include manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers, restaurants, food drives, gardens and individuals.  ACFB also receives government commodities from the USDA, and we are able to purchase high nutrition food through a grant from the state of Georgia. 

Where does funding for ACFB come from?
Donations come from individuals, businesses, private foundations, civic organizations, faith-based groups, schools, government and more. We also rely on pro bono assistance for equipment, services and supplies, as well as sponsorships for special events.  For every dollar spent, 94 cents (including the value of all donated food) goes directly to services in the community.

How long has ACFB been in existence?
ACFB began in 1979 in the basement of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In the early days, food was distributed to less than 50 nonprofits with food assistance programs!

How can I get involved?
You can donate, volunteer, advocate, attend a fundraising event, and much more!  See all of your options here.  

Contact Us

The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s main facility is located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318. We also have a second facility next door at 970 Jefferson St., N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318. Get directions to ACFB

To reach our reception desk between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., call 404-892-9822.

ACFB utilizes a staff of more than 100 employees to bring our mission to life each and every day.  We also have two boards – a governing board and an advisory board.

Find an ACFB staff member by department or area of interest.  

See ACFB’s current governing board of directiors.

See ACFB’s current advisory board.