Atlanta Community Food Bank (Atlanta, GA)

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  • Organization Name:Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Address:732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW
    Atlanta, GA 30318
    United States

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  • Mission:
  • To engage, educate and empower our community to fight hunger.

  • History:
  • The Atlanta Community Food Bank was founded in 1979, as one of the first food banks in the country. It grew out of a homeless ministry in downtown Atlanta and distributed food to 30 agencies with a borrowed pick-up truck that first year. Our mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.

    Food is the tool we use to build community. From daycares, senior centers, shelters, food pantries and community kitchens, we help our 700 non-profit partner agencies spend their resources on serving their clients while also nourishing their bodies. We save them from buying food or staff time on finding food donations. It is a win-win-win: a win for the agencies, a win for the food donors, and a win for the individuals and families in need.

    The Atlanta Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the National Network of Food Banks. We have one of the top 15 largest service areas, with almost a half a million people living in poverty in 38 counties we serve—covering Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. We are considered an innovator in the network, having started many programs that have since been scaled to the national level, such as our prepared food recovery program and Hunger 101, a hunger and poverty education program.
    Children represent 50% of the 400,000 people we feed annually; the elderly comprise 10%.

    Nearly 1.6 million Georgians (16.5%) are living in poverty according to the latest US Census Bureau American Community Survey report released in September 2010. This is up from 1.4 million (14.6%) in 2008, and represents an increase of 198,000 people in poverty. Georgia’s sustained unemployment rate at nearly 10% means families have exhausted any savings they may have had; many people are returning to work at lower wages and less hours; and people on the edge struggle to find even the most temporary employment. Emergency food assistance, that most basic need, will remain an urgent issue for communities for the foreseeable future.

    “It’s like a natural disaster that happens every day, but for some reason, no one talks about it.” That’s how Ernesta Ingram, the Executive Director of Southwest Emergency Ecumenical Assistance (SWEEAC), describes the effect hunger is having on the families and individuals in crisis she serves in Southwest Atlanta. Between 2007 and 2010 the number of individuals helped by Food Bank agency partner SWEEAC more than doubled to over 12,000 annually. The amount of food they have distributed has tripled in the last two years alone.

    You might not expect a food pantry in suburban Duluth operated by a growing mega-church to be on the front lines of the changing face of hunger relief in North Georgia, but in many ways it is. Food Pantry Director Linda Mann has seen this change firsthand “The working classes are now hungry,” she says. The working poor, many for the first time, are showing up in increasing numbers at food pantries across Gwinnett and other traditionally affluent suburban counties that have been hit hard by job loss and foreclosures.

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)

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