First United Methodist Church of Marietta now partners with Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) to bring more meals to children and families in Marietta and Cobb County. As a distribution partner with ACFB for only a few weeks, MFUMC has been able to enhance its already robust food assistance program. Last week, for example, MFUMC’s Local Mission Team picked up more than 1,100 pounds of food to distribute.
“We are excited that ACFB has extended its reach into Marietta and Cobb County,” says Beth Gilland, MFUMC member and chair of the Backpack Blessings program. “This will put more food on more families’ tables and help us with MUST Ministries Summer lunches. This is especially important when children are out of school.”
Serving Atlanta and surrounding communities since 1979, ACFB join with peer agencies and groups to compile “Hunger in America,” a report that describes the breadth of food need in the country. The report found:
- 1 in 7.5 people, or an estimated 755,400 people, in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. This includes more than 164,000 children and more than 64,000 seniors.
- Each year, 1 in 7 Americans turn to Feeding America network food banks for help. Each week, the Feeding America network serves 5.4 million individuals. ACFB has been a member of the Feeding America network since 1979.