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The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) began operating in 1979 from a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. ACFB now distributes more than 60 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. The product is accessed by more than 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. ACFB leads seven distinct programs that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.
Visit our Facts & Stats page to see the most current statistics on hunger and poverty, and how ACFB is responding to the issues, including our latest distribution numbers.
ACFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org.
Latest News Releases:
September 10, 2015. OPERATION ISAIAH FOOD DRIVE MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
September 1, 2015. HUNGER ACTION MONTH EFFORT KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 1
January 12, 2015. REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 31ST ANNUAL HUNGER WALK/RUN
November 26, 2013. SIMPLE ABUNDANCE COOKING CLASSES ARE THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
August 9, 2013. INMAN PARK RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK SEPTEMBER 23-29
March 10, 2013. THOUSANDS HIT THE STREETS FOR HUNGER WALK/RUN
January 23, 2013. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL HUNGER WALK/RUN
11Alive.com - Faces of Hunger: Georgia's Children (Sept. 28, 2015) - They are the basics we give our children - toys, books and of course food. But in Georgia 1 in 4 children struggles with hunger. View Story
11Alive.com - Faces of Hunger: Clarkston community garden feeds low income individuals and immigrants (Sept. 21, 2015) - "We are in the Clarkston Community Garden as we call it." View Story
CBS46.com - Atlanta Braves' Jason Grilli volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (Sept. 19, 2015) - The Atlanta Community Food Bank hosted its first ever 12 hour food sort and packing event in honor of Hunger Action Month. Read Story
clatl.com - Best of Atlanta: A Day in the Life of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (Sept. 17, 2015) - View photos and story
11Alive.com - Faces of Hunger: Georgia's working poor (Sept. 14, 2015) - "You have rice in there, carrots, green beans and red pepper..." View Story
11Alive.com - Hunger in Atlanta: Feeding the state's hungry (Sept. 10, 2015) - "We are here at Collins Memorial United Methodist Church in the food pantry." Cindy Corona gestures around her, to a room filled with tables overflowing with food. View Story
WABE 90.1 FM - Georgia Braces for $100M Budget Hole Amid Possible Welfare Changes (Sept. 9, 2015) - Think of the last time you picked up a jar of peanut butter. Maybe you used it to make a sandwich or put some on an apple slice, but chances are you didn't think much of it. Listen to story
11Alive.com - Brenda's Last Word on Hunger Awareness Month (Sept. 3, 2015) - View Story
WSB-TV - New push to fight child hunger in Georgia (Sept. 3, 2015) - View Story
AJC.com - Food Bank's CEO is Stepping Down(June 26, 2105) - Bill Bolling has spent decades feeding Atlanta's hungry. View Story
WABE 90.1 FM "A Closer Look" - New Atlanta Food Bank CEO Begin "Opportunity of a Lifetime." (June 15, 2015) - Listen to Story
WSB-TV "People 2 People" - Say No to Summer Hunger (June 9, 2015) - View story
Atlanta Business Chronicle's BIZ Show - Atlanta Biz Executive Profiles featuring Bill Bolling: Waste Not, Want Not (May 17, 2015) - View Story
northamerican.com/blog - Moving for Hunger: How Local Food Banks are Making a Difference (April 27, 2015) - View Story
Atl&Co. - Community Service Awards (April 15, 2015) - View Story
Myajc.com - Turning Food Deserts into Oases (March 15, 2015) - Options for fresh produce , community gardens are growing. View Story
Myajc.com - Chronic Disease Often Linked to Poor Diet (March 2015) - Poor nutrition has a major impact on Georgia's high rate of high blood pressure , diabetes and other chronic ills. View Story
11Alive.com - 31st Annual Hunger Walk/Run (March 15, 2015) - Watch and Read Story
WABE 90.1 - Annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run Takes Place Sunday (March 13, 2015) - Read and Listen to Story
Myajc.com - Starving for Nutrition (March 8, 2015) - In many ways, Evie and Ricky Sanders are lucky, and they know it. View Story
Covington News - Their Last Meal (Feb. 26, 2015) - Food insecurity is affecting one in five children in Newton County. View Story
WSB-TV - Kroger Atlanta Community Food Bank (Feb. 23, 2015) - Kroger Can Hunger. View Story
WSB-TV People to People - Atlanta Community Food Bank Cox Foundation Grant (Jan. 20, 2015) - View Story
Atl&Co. - Hunger Walk/Run 2015 (Jan. 5, 2015) - View Story
saportareport.com - Food Bank's Bolling, First Step's Block Honored for Their Work (Dec. 15, 2014) - Central Atlanta Progress will shine the spotlight on two community leaders - Bill Bolling and Greg Block - at its annual breakfast meeting on March 31. View Story
WSB-TV - Survey shows nearly 800,000 north Georgians need food banks (Sept. 4, 2014) - September is Hunger Action Month and a new local survey is shedding light on how many people in north Georgia need help from food bank. View Story
11Alive - Go orange for hunger (Sep. 4, 2014) - September is Hunger Action Month, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank asks Atlanta-area residents to wear orange on Thursday to bring attention to the cause. View Story.
Atlanta Business Chronicle - ACFB, Feeding America shed light on local hunger problem (Aug. 18, 2014) - Who are the hungry in metro Atlanta and north Georgia? View Story.
11Alive - Most Food Bank clients have jobs but still struggle (Aug. 18, 2014) View Story.
CBS46 - The Bishop in Avondale Estates collecting school supplies to donate to Kids In Need (Aug. 1, 2014) View Story.
MYAJC.com - Shaming at the grocer store: the perils of shopping with food stamps (Jul. 23, 2014) The family celebration was to have been a simple one: soda, dessert and a few high fives around the dinner table to congratulate the middle child for graduating pre-k and the oldest on his upcoming transition to middle school. View Story.
AJC - Doing Good: ‘Superheroes’ use powers for good at food bank (Jun. 2, 2014) Every Labor Day weekend, Atlantans gather to watch the Dragon Con parade in Downtown Atlanta. View Story.
WABE - Legal Community Raises Estimated One Million Pounds Of Food For Food Banks (May 27, 2014) Georgia’s legal community says it’s collected the equivalent of more than 1 million pounds of food for the Georgia Food Bank Association. View Story.
Creative Loafing - Atlanta Food & Drink Events (May 12, 2014) View Story.
AMHQ - Food For Families in Need (May 5, 2014) View Story.
11Alive - #FeedAtlanta (Apr. 18, 2014) View Program.
AJC - More than $240 million in tax breaks signed into law. (Apr. 14, 2014) View Story.
11Alive - Help Food Bank Meet Higher Demand During Crisis (Apr. 14, 2014) The ongoing food stamp crisis means some Georgians are falling through the cracks. View Story.
11Alive - Food banks feel stress of food stamp problem (Apr. 3, 2014) The Atlanta Community Food Bank is always busy. But since the state's food stamp snafu, the palettes of soup and fresh fruit have started to move even faster. View Story.
WSB-TV - Food Pantries Hope to Fill Gap With Produce (Mar. 19, 2014) View Story.
Saporta Report - 17,000 Turn Out For Hunger Walk (Mar. 18, 2014) It is a walk like no other. More than 17,000 people turned up at Turner Field on March 9 for the 30th anniversary of the annual Hunger Walk/Run — a record number of participants for the event that raises money and awareness for people who struggle with having enough food to eat. View Story.
CBS46 - PB&J Day in Georgia. (Mar. 17, 2014) View Story.
11Alive - PB&J Day in Georgia benefits food bank (Mar. 17, 2014) Monday, the Georgia Peanut Commission and the organization Peanut Proud celebrated National Peanut Month. View Story.
The Guardian - Atlanta's food deserts leave its poorest citizens stranded and struggling (Mar. 17, 2014) In most of the world's densely packed urban areas, you can pick up fresh produce at a stall on the way home from work or buy bread, meat and staples at the cornershop across the street. But in sprawling metro Atlanta, where the model is megamarkets surrounded by mega parking lots, few of us have the option of a quick dash to the store. View Story.
11Alive - PHOTOS: Hunger Walk 2014 (Mar. 9, 2014) View Photos.
11Alive - Hunger Walk Marks 30th Anniversary Sunday (Mar. 9, 2014) Thousands of people will join together on Sunday to celebrate 30 years of helping families in need during the Hunger Walk/Run. View Story.
Fox 5 Atlanta - Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run Turns 30 In Style (Mar. 5, 2014) It's an annual 5K walk/"fun run" which benefits local groups fighting hunger. And this weekend, it turns the big 3-0! View Story.
11Alive - Hunger Walk to mark 30 years of helping families in need (Mar. 4, 2014) Thousands of people will join together to celebrate 30 years of helping families in need during the Hunger Walk/Run on March 9. View Story.
Atlanta Magazine - Stranded in Atlanta's Food Deserts (Mar. 3, 2014) In a region that prides itself on celebrity chefs and lush farmers markets, half a million people live without access to something as basic as a grocery store. View Story.
WSB-TV - People 2 People Kroger Can Hunger Delivery (Feb 23. 2014) View Story.
CBS Atlanta - Kroger 'Can Hunger' Delivers (Feb. 20, 2014) Kroger dropped off the first of two deliveries to the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Wednesday. View Story.
Atlanta & Company - Hunger Walk/Run (Feb. 17, 2014) View Story.
WABE 90.1FM - Food Bank Expects Surge in Need Following the Storm (Feb. 15, 2014) This week's storm interrupted operations for many organizations that help metro Atlanta's most needy. View story.
GPB - Food Deserts - You Can Find One in Every County in Georgia (Jan. 27, 2014) This week on Georgia Works Radio we look into why fresh food is so difficult to find for many Georgians. We also discuss the opportunities available to fill this "gap" in the market. View Story.
AJC.com - War on Poverty (Jan. 23, 2014) Anniversaries can be inspiring. They often give us reason to celebrate, look back or even look forward with new insight and wisdom. As the country looks back at the War on Poverty, we still are not of one mind. View Story.
Fox 5 Atlanta - Football Fans Asked to "Kick" Hunger Ahead of Super Bowl (Jan. 22, 2014) Not everyone can go to the Super Bowl. But the spirit of friendly competition is one that everyone can get invovled in, with just a few easy clicks. View Story.
11Alive - 11Alive Prepares Meals for Food Bank (Nov. 26, 2013) Every year, 11Alive partners with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to prepare Thanksgiving meals for local families in need. View Story.
CBS Atlanta - The Great Thanksgiving Dish (Nov. 26, 2013) View story.
Fox 5 Atlanta - Canstruction takes over Colony Square (Nov. 8, 2013) You might have a lot of canned goods in your pantry, but chances are they don't look like this. View Story.
CBS Atlanta - Food Stamp Cuts Will Affect 1 in 5 Georgians (Oct. 31, 2013) Georgians who collect food stamps are going to have to get by on a lot less. View Story.
NPR.org - Local Charities Gear Up For Cuts to Food Stamp Benefits (Oct. 31, 2013) More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will be getting a bit less starting Friday when a temporary benefit enacted as part of the federal stimulus expires. View Story.
WSB-TV - Food Banks Preparing for Changes to Food Stamp Program (Oct. 31, 2013) View Story.
WABE 90.1FM - Food Stamp Users to See Benefits Cut (Oct. 31, 2013) Georgians who receive food stamps will see a cut to their benefits starting Friday. View Story.
AJC.com - Cuts coming to food stamp program (Oct. 30, 2013) An average family of four on food stamps will see their benefits decline by $36 per month starting Friday, while Congress debates further reductions to a program that ballooned during the recession and now covers 1.9 million Georgians. View Story. (Requires myAJC subscription.)
NPR.org - Not Another &#@*$! Pledge Drive (Oct. 22, 2013) Oh, pledge season. We hope you, like us, have come to embrace the real gems of public radio membership drives: the very creative, clever and quirky ways the staff at our Member Stations show you they really mean it when they say "your support is vital to what we do.' View blog.
AJC.com - Atlanta Apartment Association's Food-A-Thon (Oct. 18, 2013) Photos of Food-A-Thon celebration parade. View photos.
CBS Atlanta - Nation could see billions cut from food stamp program (Sept. 20, 2013) The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would cut $40 billion from the nation's food stamp program over about a decade. That could severely impact the nearly two million Georgians who use the program to help put food on the table. View Story.
GPB - Poor Georgians' Food Stamps At Risk (Sept. 20, 2013) Food donation agencies are scrambling after Congress moved to cut millions of Americans from food stamps. Two million Georgians receive nutrition assistance. View Story.
CBS Atlanta's Better Mornings - Sneak Peek of Inman Park Restaurant Week (Sept. 18, 2013) View Story.
WSB-TV - Cuts Coming to Food Stamps (Sept. 5, 2013) View Story.
WABE 90.1FM - Atlanta Food Bank Reacts To U.S. Farm Bill Vote (June 21, 2013) The U.S House of Representatives voted against its own version of the farm bill Thursday. That raises questions about funding the nation’s farm and nutrition programs this year. View Story.
Saporta Report - Tax credit program for working class to shift from Food Bank to United Way (June 20, 2013) A successful program that has put money in the pockets of Atlantans who need it most will now be managed by the United Way of Greater Atlanta instead of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. View Story.
My Fox Atlanta - United Way prepares to take over VITA (June 20, 2013) View Story.
WSB-TV - Local Food Bank Worried About Potential Cuts (June 18, 2013) View Story.
The Atlanta Jewish Times - Jewish Community Walks for Good Cause (March 12, 2013) Mother Nature was onboard for this year’s Hunger Walk on March 10, and so were several thousand Atlantans, including representatives from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Family & Career Services, at least a half-dozen metro Atlanta synagogues and several other Jewish organizations. View Story.
11Alive - Sunday's Hunger Walk to Fill a Growing Need (Mar. 8, 2013) At the Atlanta Community Food Bank's distribution center in northwest Atlanta, driver Tony Brewster picks up two pallets filled with food for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul. View Story.
Northside Neighbor - Atlantans Fight to Walk Hunger (Mar. 6, 2013) For the 29th year, The Atlanta Community Food Bank is hosting its annual Hunger Walk/Run, Sunday, to help almost a third of Georgia’s children, who are living in households without enough food. View Story.
Atlanta InTown - Hunger Run/Walk: Running in memory of a friend (Mar. 1, 2013) One year ago on a sunny winter day, I did something I never thought I would do; I ran a 5k during the Hunger Walk/Run, benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. View Story.
11Alive - Free Tax Help and Spam Warning (Feb. 27, 2013) Almost a third of Americans have already filed their income taxes this year. There is free help available for those who have yet to get started. View Story.
WSB-TV - Free Help For Families Looking to File Taxes (Feb. 21 2013) View Story.
My Fox Atlanta - Power 96.1 Jingle Ball (Dec. 12, 2012) All raffle proceeds benefitted the Atlanta Community Food Bank. View Story.