The pandemic had a massive impact on the delivery of basic services to many underprivileged groups in the various communities across the country, including the delivery of food supplies being consistently done by Feeding GA Families. The state-licensed non-profit food pantry and community services agency braved the pandemic to ensure that their regular recipients did not go hungry as the crisis escalated last year. This 2021, new challenges are emerging, and the organization is seeking out new partners and potential donors to help them continue to provide healthy food options to numerous recipients.
There are three important aspects of food assistance that Feeding GA Families wants to be able to either solve or improve in the next few months. These include providing access to healthier food options such as fresh produce as a weekly staple, providing safe and nutritious food to clients with dietary restrictions such as food allergies and diabetes, and making food accessible to the homebound, medically at-risk groups, seniors, and recipients living in areas not readily served.
Despite the pandemic, the organization is determined to continue with its mission. In 2020, it served a total of 741,000 pounds of food, and this year, it hopes to be able to reach more people. By collaborating with new partners and potential donors, Feeding GA Families is hoping to mobilize more food at a rate faster than they did last year.
Its service programs include a homeless outreach, a student outreach, community hot meals, and a Christmas gift giveaway, an annual event that provides toys and basic clothing to children aged zero to 18 years old. Direct monetary donations, in-kind donations, and Amazon wish list donations are some of the options available to individuals who wish to take part in the organization’s advocacies.
The creation of Feeding GA Families was inspired by the need for individualized food assistance. Its founders saw the need for an organization that will oversee the distribution of food to people who need it most. While the pandemic posed a great challenge to the team, it did not stop them from making sure that people did not go without food. The organization shifted to a drive-thru model to ensure everyone’s safety when getting their food supply. In addition to this, it was able to expand its emergency food boxes to include delivery directly to the recipient’s home, a welcome development for senior citizens and medically at-risk recipients.
The team behind Feeding GA Families aspires to establish a permanent location in the near future through the help of their partners and supporters. Doing this will enable them to reach more underprivileged individuals who are in dire need of help. The team is open to either purchasing an existing structure or building a new one from scratch so the organization can develop a community resources center that will cater to local and national needs.
As the organization continues to advocate for the pressing need to provide food security in many communities across the country, it hopes to widen people’s understanding of their potential participation in upholding the organization’s initiative. In more ways than one, anybody can contribute and help make a difference in the lives of countless Americans.