South Fulton officials are continuing to fill the need for food among residents impacted by COVID-19.
Mayor William “Bill” Edwards and District 3 Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis are working with Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute food to residents through a partnership called Feeding the City of South Fulton.
The project, which will run for several weeks and will focus on a different city district each week, starts Thursday, April 30 at Welcome All Park, 4255 Will Lee Road, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Residents will be able to drive through the site to safely pick up food items.
“I believe it is the duty of government to lend assistance in lifting the burden of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Edwards. “This goes beyond providing medical care and testing sites, but making sure that families have proper nourishment. It is our responsibility to provide our community with access to food that will sustain them through this critical ordeal.”
According to Willis, the initiative comes at a time where residents need it the most.
“I am grateful to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for allowing us to establish this partnership,” she said. “For many, the supply of food is low, but the demand is high during this pandemic. It is important that elected officials work together to ensure their communities get proper nutrients in a safe way to maintain a good quality of life.”
During Thursday’s distribution, food will be available for approximately 300 families. Goods will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additional assistance is available from local food pantries. Smartphone users can text FindFood or Comida to 888-976-2232 to receive a list of pantries in their area. An assistance locator map is also available at http://www.acfb.org/covid-19-help-map.
Photo: Officials distributed food earlier this month on the Old National corridor. (Credit: Office of Councilwoman Helen Willis)