As the final truckloads of food from Kroger’s “Can Hunger” food drive rolled in last week, we stood in awe of our community. Kroger customers alone contributed enough food for nearly 2 million meals.
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When the Atlanta Community Food Bank got its start nearly 37 years ago, we began sharing food with 50 different agencies that were feeding the hungry. Today that number has grown to more than 600, and they span across 29 counties. The Food Bank network of partner agencies is made up of food pantries, community kitchens, shelters, after school programs, senior centers and other nonprofits that provide food for people who need it. We often say we could never accomplish the work of fighting hunger without each other.
“My neighbor knew we needed food and brought me to Malachi’s,” said Tracey, a client and volunteer at Malachi’s Storehouse, a partner agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Malachi’s provides groceries for 250 families like Tracey’s each week.
“We grow up being very prideful,” said Esther, a retired nurse. “But you get to a point when things happen like they’ve happened in our lives, that you need a helping hand.” She and her husband Del, a veteran, found the help they need at Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. The co-op, a partner agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, receives food from the Food Bank to provide nutritious groceries for hundreds of families, individuals and seniors.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank invites students between the ages of 8-17 to participate in our second annual MLK Day Essay Contest! This is an amazing opportunity for students to share personal narratives dealing with individual experience and reflections on Dr. King's legacy. All participants will be recognized at our MLK Day of Service Essay Contest Ceremony on January 18, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Winners of the contest will read their essays aloud and will receive awesome cash prizes and plenty of Food Bank swag!
Our beautiful, new Learning Kitchen exemplifies community. The power of coming together, of creating, learning and sharing, and bringing people to the table.
One of the challenges our clients face is eating healthy on a budget. One of our big commitments at the Food Bank over the last few years has been to improve the nutritional mix of product we have available. Fresh produce is now our largest product category that we distribute. But that is just part of the solution.
Recently, I sat down to help my kindergartener with a homework assignment about her three favorite family traditions. It reminded me how important traditions become during this time of year. Decorations come out of the attic, holiday travel plans come together and we reflect on those traditions that we cherish with our families and new ones we hope to start.
Mary recently experienced a job loss. The single mom received her bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College last year and is currently in the graduate program with Liberty University. She’s actively seeking a new job and is excited about some promising prospects, but she’s facing financial challenges in the meantime.
A Beacon of Light in Tough Times
The Atlanta Community Food Bank has been busy reconfiguring our warehouse in order to give away more fresh food and produce than ever before.
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This past July, we celebrated the Islamic holiday Eid. The day of Eid is determined by the lunar calendar so it can be a different month each year. Eid is celebrated at the end of the Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan. This month is about fasting but also about helping those in need.