Basics

The Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties to provide food and groceries for hundreds of thousands of Georgians in need.  It is our goal to provide excellent service to you, our partner agencies.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to enhance your experience  as you work with us to receive and provide food for your neighbors in need.   Contact Agency Services at partneragencies@acfb.org or 404.892.FEED (3333) x1303.

Monthly Reports

ACFB partner agencies are required to fill out service reports each month so we can track the number of households and individuals served.  Here’s an explanation of the questions you will find on ACFB’s Monthly Service Report:

Food Pantries

  1. Number of Households served during the last month
    How many households received food boxes from your agency?
  2. Number of persons served during the past month
    What is the total number of people in those households?
  3. Number of children served during the past month
    How many children were in those households?
  4. Number of senior citizens served during the past month
    How many seniors were in those households?
  5. Total number of pounds distributed during the past month
    To determine total pounds, weigh the boxes you give out and add up the weights.

On Premise/Congregate Feeding Programs

  1. Number of individuals fed during the past month In a community kitchen setting with large numbers of individuals, estimate the number of people who came during the month, counting them only once if possible. If you do not know who repeated during the month, enter the number of people served. Ex:100 people were served a breakfast every (4) Saturday during the month. The individuals served would be 400 and breakfast meals served would also be 400.
  2. Number of breakfasts served
    Add the total individual meals each day. For example, 8 people who received breakfast for 30 days would constitute 240 breakfasts - type in "240."
  3. Lunches - same as above, except "Lunches."
  4. Dinners - same as above, except "Dinners."
  5. Snacks - Same as above, except "Snacks."
  6. Number of home delivered meals. 
    Add the total individual meals each day. For example, 8 people who received home delivered meals for 30 days would constitute 240 delivered meals – type in "240."
  7. Number of brown-bag meals provided.
    Number of packaged meals you give out that are eaten somewhere other than at your distribution site.

USDA Commodities (for Food Pantries that participate in the USDA program)
USDA product distributed by food pantries:

  1. Number of households receiving USDA product
  2. Total # of persons receiving USDA product  

USDA Commodities (for On-Premise programs that serve congregate meals)

Number of meals using USDA product
Note:  A meal containing even one USDA item is a USDA meal.  A USDA meal served to 20 people would count as 20 meals.

USDA

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is a distribution site for food commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  A special USDA orientation is offered each month for ACFB partner agencies interested in part.  At the orientation, we will inform you about proper storage of product and the paperwork required for participation in the USDA program.  The paperwork differs depending on whether the distributing agency is a food pantry or serves meals on premise.  Any agency in good standing may come to a USDA orientation after the initial three months of partnership.  

The USDA program is designed to provide each state with a variety of food commodities for use by agencies that serve low-income people.  Recipients meet specific income guidelines.  Currently, families whose income is 150% of the poverty level or less can receive USDA foods. 

To learn more about participating in the USDA program, contact Agency Services at partneragencies@acfb.org or 404.892.FEED (3333) x1274.

GNAP

GNAP (formerly known as SNAP) stands for Georgia Nutritional Assistance Program.  The Georgia General Assembly and the state Department of Human Resources contract each year with the Georgia Food Bank Association to provide food assistance for clients and their children eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  The funding provided through the GNAP program enables all seven Georgia food banks to purchase foods that are high in nutrition to offer to their partner agencies.

There is one important stipulation.  GNAP food must be distributed only to children or families with children. GNAP food is available for all ACFB partner agencies that serve children or families with children.  These include food pantries, childcare centers, after school programs, family shelters and group homes for children.  Along with the regular monthly report, agencies receiving GNAP product are required to fill out a GNAP report.  Here’s an explanation of the questions you will find on ACFB’s Monthly Service Report:

For Food Pantries - number of families receiving SNAP food as groceries: 

  1. Number of TANF families 
    How many families receive TANF - cash assistance - from the State?
  1. Number of Transitional TANF families
    Number of families that have used up their 48 months of TANF and that the State is assisting for one more year while they transition from welfare to work
  2. Number of at-risk families
    If families do not fit into categories 1 or 2, but meet other GNAP criteria, they are considered "at risk” and are eligible to receive GNAP food.  This includes families with low income, no income, those who live in public housing or Section 8 housing, those receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps), those with children participating in the free or reduced lunch program, those eligible for USDA commodities, and those holding a current WIC card, Peachcare for Kids card or Medicaid card.

For On-Premise/Congregate Feeding Programs – number of meals served:

  1. Total number of meals served using GNAP foods as ingredients
    A meal using even one GNAP ingredient is a GNAP meal. That meal served to 20 kids would count as 20 meals.