Georgia Magazine - August 2017 - 18
Taking action to end
Food Bank Association
serves those in need
BY ROSALYN DUNN * PHOTOS COURTESY GEORGIA FOOD BANK ASSOCIATION
Volunteers at the Atlanta Community Food
Bank help distribute fresh produce to agency partners. Georgia farmers donated more
than 13 million pounds of fresh produce to
the food bank network last year.
early 19 percent of Georgians-including one in
four of the state's children-don't always know
where they'll get their next meal.
Many will turn to one of the state's
eight regional food banks for assistance. When they do, they'll find
much more than a room stacked
high with cans and boxes.
Since 1985, seven of these individual organizations, all part of the
Feeding America network, feeding
america.org, have banded together
as members of the Georgia Food
Bank Association (GFBA). They
share resources and best practices,
develop networks and engage community and government agencies in
every county in the state. As a result,
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they provided 130 million pounds
of food to 1.4 million Georgians, according to a 2014 Feeding America
network hunger study. That breaks
down to 156,500 clients served each
week, according to GFBA Executive
Director Danah Craft.
"Each food bank operates a combination of programs based on the
unique assets and challenges in its
territory," Craft says. "[As the GFBA]
Top: Children at Juliette Low Elementary
School in Savannah enjoy their Kids Café
after-school meal, provided by the America's
Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia (ASHCG)
food bank. Kids Café is a nationally recognized program that originated in Savannah
in 1989. Last year the ASHCG served almost
400,000 meals to children at risk for hunger.