Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank works to end hunger across metro Atlanta and north Georgia with the food, people, and big ideas needed to make sure all members of our community have access to enough nourishment to live a healthy and productive life. We all need nutritious food to live the lives we imagine. Yet far too many people in our own community experience hunger every day, including children, seniors, and working families. Through more than 600 nonprofit partners, we help more than 755,000 people get healthy food every year. Our goal is that, all hungry people in our service area will have access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them. It takes the power of our whole community to make that possible. Join us at ACFB.org.
Product collection, storage and distributionthe atlanta community food bank (the food bank) serves as the central distribution center for more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies that provide food assistance in 29 metro atlanta and north georgia counties. These agencies include food pantries, shelters, community kitchens and other organizations offering food for people who struggle with hunger from children, families and seniors to the working poor. In an effort to help its agencies increase their ability to provide more food and reach more people, the food bank also co-hosts mobile food pantries with designated agencies. In addition, the food bank operates several programs that enhance its mission of fighting hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community. These include kids in need, hunger 101, benefits screening and more. 1. In fy 2017/18, the food bank distributed over 68.7 million pounds of food and groceries through its network of nonprofit partner agencies with food assistance programs. Combined with approved snap applications, this was enough for over 60.7 million meals. This represents a 2.8% growth in meals.2. The food bank recognizes that hunger and malnutrition go hand in hand. Therefore, we emphasize the nutritional quality of the food distributed. In fy 2017/18, we distributed over 15.4 million pounds of fresh produce to partner agencies, an increase of 10% over the prior year. For the sixth year running, fresh produce was the food bank's largest category of food distributed.3. The food bank's retail store donation program has also been instrumental to the increased volume of nutritious food distributed to partner agencies. In fy 2017/18, the food bank recovered over 25 million pounds of food from 498 stores throughout its service territory. The number of stores served by agencies totaled 377.4. One way the food bank is able to accomplish its high level of impact is through its tremendous volunteer support. In fy 2017/18, 27,380 volunteers gave 81,498 hours of their time the equivalent of 51 full-time staff members. Volunteers sorted and repacked food, assisted on our grocery floor, worked in community gardens, and provided many other essential services.5. Mobile food pantries are part of a growing strategy to get more food into the community. In partnership with the food bank, agencies in 18 counties hosted a total of 738 mobile pantries in fy 2017/18 serving 342,259 households.
Kids in needthe mission of the kids in need program is to provide free learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. In fy 2017/18, kids in need provided 457,072 pounds of brand new school supplies to 4,754 teachers in 298 low-income elementary, middle and high schools in 14 metro atlanta area school systems. An additional 53,463 pounds of brand new supplies were distributed to various agencies to further benefit their clients.
Education, advocacy and outreachthe food bank offers several education, advocacy and outreach programs including education outreach, advocacy for public policies that reduce food insecurity, and benefits outreach. Education outreach is an introduction to hunger and poverty issues in the united states and georgia, and includes a hunger 101 curriculum to facilitate hunger education. The government affairs program identifies effective strategies for combating food insecurity and coordinates advocacy efforts to reach government representatives about issues affecting those who struggle with hunger. Benefits outreach workers help families and individuals by offering screenings and enrollment support for public benefits to help make ends meet. 1. In fy 2017/18, 178 hunger 101 workshops and education sessions were given to more than 4,995 different people from preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, faith, civic and corporate groups.2. In fiscal year 2017-18, benefits outreach staff completed 8,931 snap/food stamp applications for clients, a 41% increase over last year.