Recently, we’ve reconfigured a few things at the Food Bank. Our Kids In Need free store for teachers moved to a bigger and better space in January; and earlier this week, the grocery floor for our 600 partner agencies got a facelift!
A couple weeks ago, I received an email from Saqlain, who participated in the June 2012 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. He expressed his desire to volunteer at one of our Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) distributions. The Food Bank is currently doing seven MFPs a week, so I conferred with Christine, the Agency Services staff member leading the MFP charge. She recommended a MFP taking place Saturday afternoon on January 26th in Dekalb County.
Our partner agencies’ budgets are tight, yet the need to feed more people is growing. In an effort to better meet the needs of low-income families in our 29 county service area, ACFB began an exciting initiative called the Mobile Food Pantry program. Each time the Food Bank hosts a Mobile Pantry, we deliver 7,000 to 10,000 pounds of food to a pre-designated ACFB partner agency. That’s enough food to feed 200 households. The food is distributed the same day as it is delivered.
The Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run set up their community garden with the goal of donating 20% of what they grew to the local food pantry, Malachi’s Storehouse (also an ACFB partner agency). In this video, they talk about getting the garden started (it only took six weeks!), what they grow and why it was so important to them to make donations to Malachi’s.
CarePointe, a ministry of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA, is one of 600 partner agencies in 29 counties that the Atlanta Community Food Bank works with to distribute food to those that need it. In addition to running their food pantry on Wednesdays and Saturdays, they also have a Clothes Closet and ESL classes for those that need it. We're thrilled to work with CarePointe!
Last year, we started turning our annual report into a video. It seemed to us that not only did we enjoy it, you did too. So, without further ado, check out what was accomplished with your help in 2011!
On Wednesday, we received a BIG diaper donation from Huggies. How big is big? How about 200,000 diapers big? We can't thank Huggies enough for their donation. There are a lot of mom and dads with children that need diapers. In fact, 1 in 3 moms can't afford new diapers for their child. They've had to miss work or school or even keep their children home from daycare because many child care facilities require a full day's worth of diapers that they didn't have.
Recently, we had the opportunity to go to a local low-income retirement community for a Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP) distribution. The CSFP is a federally funded program designed to assist low-income senior citizens, mothers and children. We also had mobile benefits screeners from the Food Bank's Atlanta Prosperity Campaign to help those who qualified to apply for food stamps and Medicaid. Watch the video and learn more about our day.
This week, we hosted 18 students from across metro Atlanta for our annual Youth Summit. In three whirlwind days, these high schoolers toured the Food Bank, learned about hunger and advocacy in Georgia, played a Community Food Game (which is a LOT of fun), visited the State Capitol, packed food boxes in our warehouse and volunteered at two agencies we serve, Georgia Avenue and Gateway Center. Phew. You can see why I said whirlwind before!