Free Food Drive for DeKalb County Residents

Food box includes fruits, vegetables and a 2-pound bag of pork sausage.

June 3, 2020

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By Amanda Cooper

DeKalb County is partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute food monthly community throughout the county.

The county announced on Saturday, June 6, they will host three drive-thru food distribution events, during which 2,400 DeKalb residents will receive one 20-pound box of Georgia Grown fruit and vegetables and a 2-pound bag of pork sausage.

Beginning at 10 a.m., COVID-19 Care Baskets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at three locations:

Buck Godfrey Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur, GA 30034

James R. Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston, GA 30021

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Rd., Stonecrest, GA 30038

The COVID-19 Care Basket distribution is a partnership between the DeKalb County Government and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Georgia Grown, Now More Than Ever” campaign.

Over the next six months, the DeKalb county’s 139 food pantries will increase to 30 percent due to a 600,000 funding initiative with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In a statement, Kyle Waide, president and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, says, “With this funding, Atlanta Community Food Bank will be able to provide an additional 1.5 million pounds of food beyond what we already provide in DeKalb County.”

The funding will also increase mobile distribution capacity in DeKalb County, targeting high-need communities that exist in fresh food deserts. Currently, the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 10 million pounds of food annually to DeKalb County residents.