As part of a month-long drive, nearly 100,000 pounds of food have been distributed to South Fulton residents in need.
City leaders launched the effort in late April to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Much of the food has been provided by the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and nearly a dozen partners and sponsors have joined the initiative to ensure enough support was available to distribute the food.
Participating organizations include the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Coca Cola Bottling Company, State Farm, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Cliftondale Church, Renaissance Church of Christ, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Old National Area Residents United (ONARU), Siloam Church International and the Delta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
“It was important to us to help because South Fulton is part of our service area, and we realized there was a great need for people to be fed,” said LaShandra Little, president of the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a South Fulton resident. “Because of the pandemic, some have been apprehensive to volunteer. But advocacy and service is critical at this time and we wanted to do our part to help those who can’t help themselves.”
On Tuesday, Little’s chapter helped to break down the boxes of food and package goods for distribution day. The chapter also sponsored food for the other volunteers.
Mayor William “Bill” Edwards says the food distribution program and the support of volunteers has been a shining example of the good that happens when the community comes together.
“I’d like to thank our volunteers and partners for making this initiative a total success,” he said. “We all are working toward a common goal – providing South Fulton residents with the proper nourishment in a time they need it most.”
When city officials first called the Atlanta Community Food Bank to determine if food was available, they were overwhelmed by the first shipment of nearly 25,000 pounds of food. But with the ongoing outpouring of support and assistance from officials, city staff, volunteers and sponsors, the effort to pack bags on Wednesdays and distribute them on Thursdays now runs like a well-oiled machine.
City officials will distribute 20,000 pounds of food today, May 28 starting at 11 a.m. at Welcome All Park located at 4255 Will Lee Road. Residents can drive through the food distribution site to pick up perishable and non-perishable food items on a first-come, first-served basis through a contactless delivery.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in the past month of distributing food, but we still have more to do,” said Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis. “It is important that we continue to work together, in a team effort, to ensure residents have the necessities they need to maintain a good quality of life.”
Photo: The Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is one of nearly a dozen sponsors and partnering with the City of South Fulton to ensure residents in need have food during the COVID-19 crisis. (Credit: Office of Councilwoman Helen Willis)