DeKalb, local churches hosting food giveaways this weekend

DeKalb County is hosting a Back-to-School food distribution on Saturday, July 24.  COVID-19 vaccinations available at all locations. CONTRIBUTED
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DeKalb County is hosting a Back-to-School food distribution on Saturday, July 24. COVID-19 vaccinations available at all locations. CONTRIBUTED

DeKalb County and several local churches will distribute thousands of boxes of produce and chicken to local families this weekend, continuing their efforts to address food insecurity during the ongoing pandemic.

A total of 3,600 food boxes will be distributed at half a dozen churches.

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Most, including those listed below, will hold their events from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday (Oct. 23):

  • Berean Christian Church, 2201 Young Road in Stone Mountain
  • Big Miller Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3800 Big Miller Grove Way in Stonecrest
  • New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Road in Stonecrest
  • Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker
  • The Covenant Church, 1700 Corey Blvd. in Decatur

In addition, Saint Philip AME Church (240 Candler Road SE in Atlanta) will hold its food distribution event starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25.

DeKalb County has held monthly food giveaways since early in the pandemic, using federal coronavirus relief funds to purchase the protein, fruits and vegetables that are distributed.

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More than 52,900 boxes of food have been given away since May 2020, officials said.

“More and more people are facing growing food insecurity due to skyrocketing food prices,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said in a news release announcing the latest event. “This food distribution will provide much needed relief to families struggling to keep food on their tables.”

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