By Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 8, 2020
Atlanta Councilman Antonio Brown is partnering with several local organizations to provide 15,000 meals a week to Atlanta residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are facing a critical moment in our community,” Brown said in a statement. “This was organized to provide support to those in need. We want to help ensure as many people as possible are safe and have access to services.”
At noon Tuesday, Georgia had nearly 9,000 coronavirus cases and more than 300 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Of those, 1,124 cases are in Fulton County, where most of Atlanta sits.
The weekly meal distribution service began Monday and could last up to eight weeks, Brown told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Residents will receive a breakfast snack, lunch and protein boxes, Brown said. Meals will also be delivered to 19 senior assisted living facilities in Atlanta.
“I wanted to focus on low-income areas, and we had a high volume of seniors that did not have access to getting meals on their owns,” Brown said.
Meals will be prepared by Gate Gourmet, Inc, a company that provides boxed meals for airlines. The company had been hard hit by reduced travel, and a philanthropic group was looking for a way to help save 900 jobs there, said a City Hall press release.
The meals will then be distributed by local nonprofits, including The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Safe House Outreach.