There’s much to be said about the subject of food. Our thoughts naturally turn first to those struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families. We’ll be talking about that for sure. But we’ll also address related issues like poverty, health and nutrition. How does a person access healthy food when they don’t have enough money to pay for any kind of food, let alone other critical needs like medical care and housing?
This will be a forum for discussions – a place to talk about policy issues that will affect our work and those we serve – a place to advocate for people in need. At times, we’ll be bringing some difficult topics to the table. Your thoughts and opinions will not only be welcome; they’ll be essential if we’re going to have thought provoking conversations.
But our blog will also be a portal for the lighter side of things. We’ll talk about the significance of food, beyond nourishing and refueling our bodies; how wonderful it feels when we come together with friends and family to share a meal for a special occasion… or how meaningful it is to prepare a family recipe that’s been passed down from one generation to another. The blog will also keep you posted on special events and other ways you can have a lot of fun while giving back to your community.
Sometimes we’ll simply get down to basics and show you through the lens of the camera how things work. For instance, if you’ve never been in our warehouse, it’s difficult to fathom the scope of what happens on a typical day. Through pictures and video, we’ll give you the next best thing to being here. We’ll take you on “field trips” as well. You’ll experience what it’s like to be at a food pantry, a community garden or a rural food distribution, just to name a few.
The blog will also introduce you to some very special people – those from our partner agencies who are on the front lines. They’re the ones who receive groceries from us, then take the food and products back to people in need in their own communities. You’ll also meet several ACFB staff members, as well as volunteers, donors and others in community who are vital links in the hunger relief network. You’ll hear from the clients who receive food too. They’ll speak honestly about their trials and triumphs.
Our first blog entry comes this Friday on the heels of ACFB’s annual Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty – three days of interactive workshops, volunteer sessions, visits to partner agencies and the State Capitol with more than 20 metro Atlanta high school students. We never cease to be amazed by the insight and compassion shown by the teens who participate in the Summit, and we can’t wait to share that with you.
We hope the stories shared in our blog will inspire you to not only come back for more, but to come back with stories of your own. That, to us, will be success.
Founder and Executive Director
Atlanta Community Food Bank