Feeding our Families through the Pandemic (New Info added 7/13/20)

Updated local resources to prevent food insecurity for Atlanta residents

By Kristen Wright Matthews, Editor & Publisher, Macaroni Kid College Park * East Point * Morrow March 20, 2020

In uncertain times like what we're experiencing since it was announced that schools would close indefinitely, the last thing we as parents want to worry about is how we're going to feed our families. With the added burden of having to provide additional meals, it is refreshing to know that school districts, religious organizations, nonprofits, and other community members are doing their part to make sure that we get through this crisis at least without the worry of having nothing to eat. Here we will do our best to keep this list updated so that families can come here to find local resources in South Fulton and North Clayton counties and beyond. We are constantly updating this information so keep checking back.   


Fulton County Schools is leveraging the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option to serve meals during our school closure. As the name indicates, this program feeds underserved students during our summer months. Meals are served free of charge to any child age 18 years and under. Schools offering this program are selected based on the socio-economic status of students residing within the school attendance area or the socio-economic status of feeder schools. Multiple meals are provided in each package so that students have meals from the day of pick-up until the next day of service. 

While schools are closed indefinitely, Clayton County Public Schools will serve breakfast and lunch meals at twenty-three (23) sites. All meals served at all schools are on a grab and go basis. Those eligible for this service must be 18 or younger or individuals with a state-defined mental or physical disability. Meal service hours are 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. which allows children to pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.

Beginning March 27, Clayton County Public Schools will partner with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide grocery services to the families of CCPS students at five locations. Volunteers are needed for this initiative at the five Food Bank locations and should arrive by 10:00 a.m. every Thursday until further notice to package food items. Additionally, volunteers are needed to assist in distributing the packaged food to participants and should arrive by 8:00 a.m. every Friday, at the sites until further notice. Individuals interested in assisting with this volunteer opportunity should confirm via email at

It is important to note that District Officials are continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our state and nation and will adjust plans as needed in response to changing circumstances. All updates will be communicated as they occur. 

Please see the following flyer for details regarding the Grab-N-Go meal service and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

All Atlanta Public Schools students can daily receive free bagged meals at 10 school sites that will be open for food distribution Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The District can serve tens of thousands of meals each day and encourages families to pick up meals at school sites below or bus stop locations

Atlanta Public Schools is providing emergency student meals at designated anchor sites offering three foodservice supports 1) Breakfast and lunch grab-and-go bags; 2) Fresh produce provided by local nonprofit Goodr, and 3) Shelf-stable foods provided by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (i.e. nonperishables).

 Food distribution is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at these anchor sites:

  • Bunche Middle School - 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary School - 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Douglass High School - 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) - 256 Clifton St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School - 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
  • Booker T. Washington High School - 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 3031
  • Hope-Hill Elementary School - 112 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • King Middle School - 545 Hill St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • Thomasville Heights Elementary School - 1820 Henry Thomas Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Young Middle School - 3116 Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Additionally, these organizations are offering food pantries at the locations and times below:

Clifton United Methodist Church

2918 Clifton Church Rd., SE Atlanta, GA 30318


3rd Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Not in the APS cluster

Feeding GA Families

6000 Rivertown Rd, VFW 6449 Fairburn GA 30213


Mondays 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The non-profit serves Fulton County that is OTP I-20 West and OTP I-85 South; however, no one is turned away. They refer families, the homeless, and single

Not in the APS cluster

Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless

4779 Mindy Dr. Atlanta, Georgia 30336


Tuesday - Thursday-10:00 am - 12 noon) **ID and Soc. Sec. card required for ALL occupants***

A soup kitchen is for the homeless, children, and people who were evicted.

Mays Cluster

Oak Hill, Child, Family and Adolescent Center

2806 Metropolitan Avenue Atlanta, Georgia 30315


Fridays 10:00 am -2:00 pm

S. Atlanta Cluster

Providence Missionary Baptist Church

2295 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW Atlanta, Georgia 30311

404-752-6869 - Option 5

Fridays - 10am - Noon (ID is required)

Mays Cluster

Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance

1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310


Wednesdays and Thursdays- 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Located inside of W. Hunter Bapt. Church- Assistance includes a food pantry, soup kitchen, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving meals. They help the low income, minorities, Spanish speakers and others. Everything from baby formula to snacks for kids, bottled water, and other food may be offered in Fulton County.

Washington Cluster

Midtown Assistance Center Inc.,

30 Porter Pl., NE Atlanta, Georgia 30308


By Appointment and select zipcode only

In addition to food, a number of other social services and financial aid is offered. Apply for food, help for bills, rent, clothing, and access a thrift store. This is a regional social service agency, and staff can also help clients apply for SNAP food stamps, summer meals for students or The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Lee-Stelzer Heritage Research Museum, Inc

372 Sisson Avenue., NE Atlanta, Georgia 30317


Monday - Friday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Call first to ensure that someone is there to dist. food

Jackson Cluster

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

1328 Peachtree St., NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309

(404) 228-7766

Monday and Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In addition to distributing free food in Fulton County, the agency may have canned goods, personal hygiene products, and personal toiletries.

Grady Cluster

The YMCA is also providing meal pick-ups at the locations below. Click on the location names for more information:

Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA

2220 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311

Service: Drive-thru pick up lunch, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Monday – Friday


Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA

555 Luckie Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30313

Service: Drive-thru pick up snack & dinner, 2:00pm - 4:00pm  Monday – Friday


Atlanta Classical Academy in partnership with Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead


3260 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Service: Drive-thru pick up snack & dinner, 2:00pm - 4:00pm  Monday – Friday


Covington Family YMCA

2140 Newton Drive, Covington, GA 30014

Service: Pick up bagged lunches in the Youth Center, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday - Friday


South DeKalb Family YMCA

2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur, Georgia 30034

Service: Drive-thru pick up snack & dinner, 2:00pm - 4:00pm  Monday – Friday


Wade Walker Park Family YMCA

5605 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30088

Service: Drive-thru pick up snack & dinner, 2:00pm - 4:00pm  Monday – Friday


The Villages at Carver Family YMCA

1600 Pryor Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Service: Drive-thru pick up snack & dinner, 2:00pm - 4:00pm  Monday – Friday


APS partner, GoodrCo. will provide ready to eat meals at the following local community sites:

Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry - 4779 Mindy St., Atlanta, GA 30366 - 404-755-3353
Food Pantry - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 10 a.m. - Noon
Bring ID and Social Security Card

Loaves and Fishes @ St.John the Wonderworker Parish - 543 Cherokee Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA. 30312 - 678-373-9433
Serves food Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is assisting people in need of food. Just follow these steps:
• Text FINDFOOD (or COMIDA en espanol) to 888.976.2232
• A prompt will request a zip code and street address (it also works with ZIP only)
• The system will provide the three closest food distribution locations with contact information.
The same information is available on their website in map form at
In addition, food will be delivered to 25 school sites across the five districts listed below for the families and students served by those districts.
• APS:
• Clayton:
• DeKalb:…/covid-19/meal-sites/
• Fulton:
• Marietta City:


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