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 is helping to address food insecurity issues, which are being faced nationally. Pre-pandemic – and according to the USDA’s most recent report on food security in the U.S. – 37.2 million people, including 11.2 million children, did not have adequate access to nutritious food to live a healthy life. A recent Feeding America analysis demonstrates that this number is likely to grow by 17 million, including nearly seven million children.

According to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, as more people rely on charitable food assistance to make ends meet, food banks are likely to experience surges in demand, declining food donations, fewer volunteers and disruptions in operations. Regardless of these challenges, food banks are committed to continuing to help ensure those in need have food on the table.

The City of South Fulton recently issued a call to residents to “Back the Bank” by making a donation in support of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In response to COVID-19, the food bank has provided tens of thousands of pounds of food and thousands of meals to South Fulton residents.

Photo: Hundreds of families have benefited from the City of South Fulton’s weekly food giveaways at Welcome All Park. (Credit: Office of Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis.)

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