Atlanta Community Food Bank
The mission of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) is to educate, engage and empower the community to fight hunger. Founded in 1979, ACFB currently distributes nearly two million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each month to more than 800 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. ACFB supports a wide range of people in need, from children to the working poor. Food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers are among the agencies that receive products from the Food Bank and provide food and other critical resources for low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger and food insecurity. The Food Bank also operates several community projects to aid agencies in community building, technical assistance and advocacy efforts. One of the initiatives of the Food Bank is the Community Gardening Project. With more than 150 gardens in the Atlanta area, the Community Gardens Project brings neighbors together and empowers people to supplement their food supply by growing it themselves. Community gardening stimulates social interaction, encourages self-reliance, truly beautifies neighborhoods and produces nutritious foods, while reducing family food budgets. Each garden is an autonomous neighborhood-based effort where friends share work and responsibility. The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides gardening expertise, volunteer help, tools, seeds and more.