City and county officials, churches and other entities are continuing efforts to provide free meals and additional COVID-19 testing sites in the South Fulton area.
The City of South Fulton is continuing its free weekly food giveaway at Welcome All Park, 4255 Will Lee Road. This week, the event will shift rom Thursday to Friday, June 5. Food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and hand sanitizer from Purest Hygiene will be distributed starting at 11 a.m. until supplies are gone. Residents will be able to drive through the location to safely pick up their items.
Mayor William “Bill” Edwards and Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis have also partnered with The Enon Church, 3550 Enon Road, for a distribution on Saturday, June 6. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Food will be provided by Hosea Feed the Hungry.
A drive-thru food pantry will be held on June 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Diamond Banquet Hall, 5495 Old National Hwy. The event is sponsored by Feeding GA Families in partnership with Diamond Hall Catering, Thweatts Originals, Old National Merchants Assocation, Councilmembers Corey Reeves, khalid kamau and Mark Baker and Georgia Senate District 39 Candidate Linda Pritchett.
Free testing is available through tomorrow, Friday, June 5 at the South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Testing takes place in the parking lot.
The Fulton County Board of Health will offer testing June 4-5 at New Life Presbyterian Church, 6600 Old National Hwy. from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those desiring to be tested can call ahead to check in at 404 613-8150.
Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road, will offer testing on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Appointments are encouraged through The Family Health Centers of Georgia Patient Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-935-6721 but not required. Free food from Jimmy John’s and surgical masks will be distributed while supplies last.
Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis has partnered with health officials to offer testing at three sites. Testing will take place at: Siloam Church International, 3695 Roosevelt Hwy. on June 10-11; Spread the Word Ministries, 4626 Washington Rd., on June 17-18; and Welcome All Park on June 24-25. The sites will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Results will be available in two to four days.
Ongoing testing is still available at Wolf Creek Amphitheater by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Information is available on the Fulton County website.
COVID-19 testing is now available to anyone, regardless of their symptoms or risk factors. Symptoms can include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea.
Photo: Councilmember Mark Baker hosts a meals and mask giveaway for local residents. (Credit: Officer of Councilmember Mark Baker)
Editor’s Note: Story updated on June 4 at 2:30 p.m.