Today, the James M. Cox Foundation announced it is providing the Atlanta Community Food Bank with a grant totaling $1,090,000 for efforts to establish and manage the Food Well Alliance. This new organization will help continue the ACFB’s efforts of providing more fresh products to its partner agencies by expanding access to locally-grown products and connecting stakeholders to help communities become more sustainable and healthy.
“The Atlanta Community Food Bank has a reputation for building successful partnerships to address complex problems,” said Jamie Kennedy, trustee of the Cox Foundation and great-grandson of company founder James M. Cox. “This grant establishes Food Well Alliance in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and provides the resources and leadership needed to bolster the food movement and community gardening in Atlanta.”
Currently, the ACFB oversees the Community Gardens program and the Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign that both convert unused space into gardens that produce fresh produce that is harvested and provided to ACFB partner agencies. The Food Well Alliance will continue to bolster these efforts, programs and relationships with local food growers through additional education, collaboration and more.
“Food Well Alliance has the privilege and responsibility to support our community organizers, educators and local food entrepreneurs aspiring to build a healthy local food movement,” said Food Well Alliance Executive Director Bobbi de Winter. “We hope to enhance these connections in such a way that it connects people not just to their food, but also to each other. Our focus and work will build on the work of great individuals and organizations that work tirelessly to nurture a more vibrant local food system. We are grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation for their confidence in us and look forward to growing a long-term partnership.”
For more information on the Food Well Alliance, visit www.foodwellalliance.org.