Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Kicks Off Capital Campaign
Apr 22, 2014 by Susan Dodson
Pay day is one week away and the
cupboards are nearly empty. The electric
bill is ten days past due and the gas tank
is running low. The last of your monthly
income will not cover every essential.
What choices do you make? How will you
put healthy food on your family’s table?
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia provides vital nourishment
so that families do not have to make the impossible choice to go
hungry. In partnership with more than 200 agencies, the Food Bank
distributes 13 million pounds of food annually to those in need –
more than quadrupling our outreach over the past decade.
With the community’s help, we have worked strategically to
increase not only the volume, but the nutritional quality of the
food dispersed to the North Georgia community. Nearly half of our
total distribution is now fresh or frozen goods, including fruits and
vegetables that are often too expensive for low-income families
We have made significant progress in closing the meal gap,
but more than 80,000 people within our 14-county service area still
struggle with hunger. The Food Bank believes that a forward-thinking,
collaborative approach is required to truly end hunger and improve
the overall health of our community. To fulfill this vision, the Food
Bank of Northeast Georgia has launched A Fresh Approach to
Ending Hunger, a $4.83 million capital campaign that will enable
us to better address hunger in our community by establishing an
expanded, permanent distribution facility and food center in Rabun
County, while increasing the service capacity of our headquarters
and main warehouse in Athens.