The Atlanta Food Bank is a very important local resource. They are instrumental in fighting food insecurity and hunger by partnering with local food pantries. To help strengthen their cause you can volunteer or donate money. In fact, with each $1, the Atlanta Food Bank can provide 4 meals.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of consistent access to adequate food resulting from a lack of money and other resources during the year. Sometimes its because these families have to make very difficult choices. Such as paying medical bills or covering housing expenses instead of buying food.
Atlanta food resources and hunger solutions
So what’s the solution? Now that’s a loaded question because several factors should be addressed to eliminate hunger. However a short answer is to introduce food insecure households to food pantries. Therefore families can get immediate assistance.
In addition to food pantries, take advantage free food promotions at local restaurants. However there are usually a few stipulations with these offers. For instance, you may have to visit on a certain day or time. Additionally, you will more than likely have to purchase at least one meal at regular price.
Here’s how it works: Food pantries can be either permanent locations or mobile distributions. Non-profit organizations (i.e. churches, schools, community groups) operate food pantries and often times can help with other needs as well. Some operate similarly to grocery stores, people shop and choose what they want. However, other food pantries box items themselves. Then, people just pick up the pre-packaged food box.
In addition to food, many pantries also partner with “Clothes Closets“. These organizations give away food as well as new or gently used clothes and shoes.
So why do food pantries have requirements? Sometimes this is simply because grant funders want to know how their grant money is being spent. Also, its a way for non-profits to keep a record of who they are serving in the community. For instance, a food pantry may require a picture ID, application, social security card, address verification, or that you are a resident of a particular zip code.
Here’s how to find your local food pantry:
- Search by city from the list below. I found over 65 food pantries in and around Atlanta but I’m not stopping there. I will list more as I learn about them.
- Call the United Way’s 2-1-1 line. In addition to food pantries, they can also direct you to agencies providing help with utilities, clothing, job training and more.
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Food Pantry List
When I learn of new community resources, I will add them to this list. So, save this page as a bookmark and check back often. And share this post because someone on your timeline may be facing food insecurity.
Atlanta Food Pantries
Atlanta Blvd. SDA Community Center
Toco Hills Community Alliance
Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center (SWEEAC)
Calvary United Methodist Church
Ben Hill United Methodist Church
Buckhead Christian Ministry
Atlanta Inner City Ministry
Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Midtown Assistance Center
Atlanta International Christian Praise
Berean Outreach Ministry Center
Grace Community Food Pantry
Feeding & Helping Georgians
Georgia Avenue Community Ministry
The Sullivan Center
The Greater Piney Grove Community Development, Inc.
Shallowford Food Pantry
Atlanta Hope Center
Central United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Innovative Collaborative Ministries
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Woodland Hills Church Center For Hope
Latin America Association
Oak Hill Food Pantry
Austell Food Pantries
Chamblee Food Pantries
College Park Food Pantries
Conyers Food Pantries
Covington Food Pantries
Decatur Food Pantries
Doraville Food Pantries
Douglasville Food Pantries
Duluth Food Pantries
East Point Food Pantries
Ellenwood Food Pantries
Fairburn Food Pantries
Fayetteville Food Pantries
Forest Park Food Pantries
Hapeville Food Pantries
Jonesboro Food Pantries
Kennesaw Food Pantries
Lithonia Food Pantries
Locust Grove Food Pantries
McDonough Food Pantries
Marietta Food Pantries
Morrow Food Pantries
Norcross Food Pantries
Peachtree City Food Pantries
Powder Springs Food Pantries
Riverdale Food Pantries
Roswell Food Pantries
Snellville Food Pantries
Stockbridge Food Pantries
Stone Mountain Food Pantries
Tucker Food Pantries
Have you visited or donated to a food pantry? Let me know in the comments.