1 in 7.5 people in north Georgia confront hunger. Every year.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank reports that 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. You can become a part of the effort to change this trend. Here’s how to do it:
AT MARIETTA FIRST UMC
- MFUMC Food Pantry. Once a quarter, Marietta First hosts a church-wide food drive and also partners with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide resources to local families and children.
- The Good Samaritan program is for food distribution and other types of assistance given to those in need. We have no guidelines for refusing service to clients because we donate food from our pantry to anyone in need. Our church practices nondiscrimination to anyone needing assistance for any of our programs.
- The Snack Sack Lunch program was established for anyone needing a lunch. They simply pick up the food from the front desk of our church and take it with them. The brown paper bag has nonperishable items, usually containing Vienna sausages, chips, fruit snacks and a juice box.
- The Blessings in a Backpack program serves the Marietta City Schools and various Cobb County students. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends or school breaks for school children who might otherwise go hungry.
WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY
- MUST Friday Lunch
MUST Fishes and Loaves Kitchen, 55 Elizabeth Church Road, Marietta 30061
Every Friday, we gather a group of people together and provide lunch at MUST Ministries. It is a really cool experience to serve and share a meal with the hungry in our community.
- Extension Dinners
At Women’s Extension and Men’s Extension
1507 Church Street Ext NW, Marietta, GA 30060
TMFUMC provides suppers for the Men’s Extension and Women’s Extension on a regular basis to provide nutritious meals, fellowship, and ongoing relationships. For each meal, a leader (let’s call him “chef”) will put together a menu which will be prepared on site or which can be prepared ahead and brought in to serve. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and the time during dinner may include a short devotion or some singing or just simple table fellowship.
- Community Lunches at MFUMC on Thursdays
We are looking for volunteers to prepare and serve meals at our church for the community on Thursdays. This team is led by Marilyn Crozier, along with several other church volunteers. To volunteer, please contact Forrest Cate, Director of Program, at 770-429-7800, ext. 7806, or email@example.com.
- Stop Hunger Now
Packing 60,000 or so meals at its Global Day of Service, Marietta First provides support to Stop Hunger Now, which is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
- Food Pantry at Center for Family Resources
995 Roswell Street, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30060
CFR is looking for volunteers to work in the food pantry at the Mansour Building at the Center for Family Resources. There are shifts available on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays or Fridays.
For additional information about these programs, please contact Forrest Cate at 770-429-7800, ext. 7806, or firstname.lastname@example.org.