The Atlanta Community Food Bank has been busy reconfiguring our warehouse in order to give away more fresh food and produce than ever before.
With the generous support of community partners, our brand new freezer and cooler allows us to offer more nutritious food to families, seniors, and children facing hunger. As more and more working families are relying on some form of food assistance during the year, our network of feeding programs answers the need with additional food boxes and warm meals, driving the heart of our growth. At the same time, we recognize we have a role to play in promoting health and wellness for the clients we serve, who often face poorer health outcomes because of less wholesome foods.
We have invested in major freezer and refrigeration projects to improve our efficiency and capacity. We converted our current large refrigerator in our main warehouse into an additional freezer, giving us an additional 192 pallet spaces for frozen foods. Then we built two new refrigerators, one at 35 degrees and one at 50 degrees to support a planned increase of fresh produce. Separate temperature zones allow us to properly store different types of produce for longer shelf-life. We will gain 156 additional refrigerated spaces.
We are happy to report that 37 million pounds of the total 61 million pounds of food distributed in FY 2015 was fresh produce. That’s a lot of fruits and veggies! Did you know? 1 in 7.5 people, or an estimated 755,400 people in metro Atlanta and North Georgia turn to food assistance to feed themselves and their families each year. This includes more than 164,000 children and more than 64,000 seniors.
The cold storage expansion project was made possible by these generous sponsors: The Georgia Food Bank Association (Capacity Building Program), Generous Anonymous Donors, The Fidelity Foundation, A Friend of Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Ford Motor Company Fund, RiverStone Resources, SunTrust Foundation, The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, and the Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust.