Atlanta Community Food Bank to build new headquarters

The Atlanta Community Food Bank broke ground on its new headquarters on Friday, Jan. 25. CONTRIBUTED

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The Atlanta Community Food Bank broke ground on its new headquarters on Friday, Jan. 25. CONTRIBUTED

The Atlanta Community Food Bank break ground on its new headquarters Friday, according to a press release.

Considered by many in the metro area the backbone of the nonprofit hunger relief system, the organization maintains the infrastructure that allows for the distribution of food to people in need. Through a network of over 600 partner agencies, the Food Bank distributed 61 million meals to Georgians last year. In 2018, the Food Bank launched a Capital Campaign, Growing Healthy Futures, to dramatically increase their ability to distribute more food to more people in need.

Members of the Food Bank’s board and staff, partners, donors, community members, elected officials, and dignitaries from its 29-county service area gathered on Friday, Jan. 25 to commemorate a new chapter.

“Motivated by the knowledge that relieving hunger has the power to change the trajectory of a person’s life, we are driven to grow our response to ongoing food insecurity by closing the hunger gap and ensuring all children and families have access to the healthy, nutritious food they need to thrive,” ” said Kyle Waide, President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank in a written statement.

“We are thrilled to bless and break the ground on our new home,” added Waide. “The Growing Healthy Futures campaign will enable the Food Bank to fully harness one of our most abundant assets - food- to build a stronger community where none of our neighbors go hungry, and all of us have the opportunity for a healthy future.”

The will be located at the intersection of Redwine Road and Desert Drive in East Point. Food bank officials say the new facility will be easily accessible through MARTA bus routes and Interstate 285.

The new building is expected open this summer or spring 2020 at the latest.