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City Continues Food Giveaway as Food Insecurity Rises Nationwide
Community, Government

City Continues Food Giveaway as Food Insecurity Rises Nationwide

The City of South Fulton continues its weekly food giveaway this week on Thursday, May 28 at Welcome All Park, 4255 Will Lee Road at 11 a.m. Participants will be able to drive through the distribution site to safely pick up their items. The effort is made possible through a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Siloam Church International have also partnered with the city to facilitate this week's event. “Our city continues to go to great lengths to lend assistance with not only medical and testing needs, but nutritional needs,” Mayor William "Bill" Edwards said. “We are committed to ensuring families have the proper nourishment throughout this pandemic.” South Fulton's weekly food giveaway...
Weekly Food Distribution Continues at Welcome All Park
Community, Government

Weekly Food Distribution Continues at Welcome All Park

South Fulton elected officials continue to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 virus through a series of weekly food distribution events open to all residents. The next distribution will take place at Welcome All Park, 4255 Will Lee Road, on Thursday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The effort is in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Support is also being provided by Coca Cola Bottling Company, Renaissance Church of Christ and the Delta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. A host of volunteers gather each week to help facilitate the event. State Farm has agreed to sponsor $500 worth of personal protective equipment to ensure their safety. “Our city continues to go to great lengths to lend assistance with not only medical and testing needs, but nutritional...
Citizen Engagement Sought on Parks, Zoning and Transportation
Community, Events

Citizen Engagement Sought on Parks, Zoning and Transportation

A city and regional effort is underway to drive engagement around parks, zoning and transportation. Parks Master Plan Survey The City of South Fulton is asking residents to complete a survey to gather data for its parks master plan by May 9. The survey gives residents an opportunity to weigh in on the condition of the facilities, unmet needs, how they'd prioritize investment in parks and arts, and more. "The purpose of the parks master plan is to identify the needs and priorities of the community from a parks and recreation standpoint, and look at ways to enhance the parks system as well as programs in the community," said Carlos Perez, the consultant leading the effort. Early findings have revealed that two of the most used recreation assets in the city are Welcome All Park ...
#GivingTuesdayNow Shines Light on Urgent Needs in South Fulton
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#GivingTuesdayNow Shines Light on Urgent Needs in South Fulton

Nonprofits in South Fulton and around the world are joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement to help meet the needs of individuals impacted by COVID-19. While #GivingTuesday is typically observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesdayNow was launched in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It's designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. People can show their generosity in a variety of ways, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes. The global movement emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing phys...
South Fulton Reissues Call for Mentors, Virtual Event Announced
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South Fulton Reissues Call for Mentors, Virtual Event Announced

The City of South Fulton was set to kick off its campaign to recruit 60 mentors for local youth just as the first case of coronavirus in city limits was announced. Now leaders are regrouping and announcing a virtual event to share the details of the city's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA), and how residents can get involved. For six decades, BBBSMA has been a much-needed resource for some of the most vulnerable children in the local community. However, the number of children on the organization's waitlist is outpacing the number of mentors stepping up to volunteer. In South Fulton alone, nearly 200 youth are waiting to be paired with a mentor in the program. City leaders are asking local residents to answer the call for volunteers and help BBBSMA...
South Fulton Centenarian Honored with Birthday Procession
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South Fulton Centenarian Honored with Birthday Procession

Source: City of South Fulton Press Release Earlier today, Mayor Bill Edwards and the South Fulton Police Department helped resident Hattie Lucy Young celebrate a milestone birthday. Young, who has lived within a radius of only several miles for her entire life, turned 100 years old on April 12 amidst the trials of the COVID-19 virus. Officials honored her with a sirens-blazing parade past her home on Montilly Place. She was even serenaded over the loud speaker. “It’s not every day you turn 100,” Mayor William “Bill” Edwards said. “She has spent her entire life here and contributed significantly to the quality of life through her service to her community.” (Story continues below...) Hattie Lucy Young smiles as Mayor William “Bill” Edwards wishes her a happy birthday. The C...
Free Grow Box Giveaway Reopens for Earth Day
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Free Grow Box Giveaway Reopens for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, South Fulton resident Mandisha Thomas is helping the community to learn to grow their own food. Thomas, founder of the nonprofit Golden Gate Health Care Resources, Inc., launched a free Georgia Grow Box campaign just weeks ago. She, along with several partners, registered 50 South Fulton residents to receive all the items they need to start a home garden. Thomas has been sounding the alarm about food insecurity in South Fulton for several years. She tackled the topic last year on Earth Day during her inaugural Georgia Environmental Education and Awareness Symposium. She's also been named to the board of Market 166, an effort launched to bring a grocery co-op to the area and address local food deserts. Concerns about COVID-19-related food scarcity prompte...
Public Input Needed on Beltline-Like Project in South Fulton
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Public Input Needed on Beltline-Like Project in South Fulton

The City of South Fulton is one of seven jurisdictions that will be home to the AeroATL Greenway, a multi-use trail system that’s part of Aerotropolis Atlanta’s master plan. A virtual public meeting will be held on April 21 at 2 p.m. to gather community input on the city's "model mile." The proposed model mile site in South Fulton is located adjacent to Camp Creek Parkway. Potential access points within the study area include potential access points include Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Tom Lowe Trap and Skeet Range, Wolf Creek Library, Wolf Creek Golf Club, and Vandiver Lake. A Livable Community Initiatives grant is helping to fund the development of site plans and engineering concepts for the AeroATL Greenway, and all seven jurisdictions are providing matching funds. In addition ...
Atlanta Community Food Bank to Hold Spring Break Food Giveaway on April 9
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Atlanta Community Food Bank to Hold Spring Break Food Giveaway on April 9

Atlanta Community Food Bank is stepping up to provide food for Fulton County Schools families during spring break. The organization will distribute groceries at 10 locations on April 9 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Five of the distribution sites are in South Fulton County. They are: Prince Hall Grand Lodge, 7340 Old National Hwy; Chapel Hill Church Atlanta, 4330 Washington Road; East Point First Mallalieu UMC, 2651 N. Church Street; Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road; and Impact Ministries, New City Church, 3355 Old Jonesboro Road. Mayor William "Bill" Edwards and Fulton County Commissioner Joe Carn have partnered with the organization to distribute food at Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Their event will begin at 10 a.m. Atlanta Community Food Bank and its partner food pantries are co...
Hero Attorney Donates Masks to South Fulton’s First Responders
Community, Profiles

Hero Attorney Donates Masks to South Fulton’s First Responders

Attorney Chris Stewart is known nationally for fighting on the front lines of the legal system, seeking justice for victims of police brutality. Now he's helping those on the front lines against COVID-19 get the supplies they desperately need. Stewart has committed 300 N-95 masks to the City of South Fulton's first responders. He'll deliver them to City Hall later today. Stewart first learned of the city's need after talking to his friend of over 20 years and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brother Councilmember Mark Baker. According to Baker, a former law enforcement officer, what was initially a wellness check turned into a blessing for the city. “Chris is a great guy for this,” said Baker. “When I advised him of the number, I didn't expect him to cover everybody on our front li...

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