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Buckhead church gives $62K to 4 nonprofits for coronavirus efforts

Four Atlanta nonprofits received donations from a Buckhead church to help with housing and hunger efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Northside United Methodist Church gave more than $62,000 to Buckhead Christian Ministry, Good Samaritan Health Center, Food Security for America and Action Ministries, the church announced in a news release. 

“The funding provided to these nonprofits is being put to immediate use at a time when resources have been suddenly and drastically stretched,” said Lynette Brown, Northside Church’s missions director. 

Buckhead Christian Ministry, which provides families with basic needs and financial assistance, received $25,000 to help unemployed residents who are at risk of eviction and homelessness. 

Buckhead Christian Ministry CEO  and president Keeva Kase said before the pandemic the organization paid between $700 and $750 of monthly rent expenses and residents would pay the rest. 

“We’re beginning to become more flexible in how we approach this because we realize people are not able to pay the remaining balance,” he said. The funds could cover rent for 25 households, but the need for rent payment far exceeds that. 

“It’s more than we can assist,” Kase said. “It’s overwhelming.” 

Action Ministries received $3,900 and will use the money to help feed 7,000 kids in metro Atlanta. 

“Under normal circumstance we operate during school breaks,” said Shakura Conoly, Action Ministries chief community engagement officer. “We have extended those operations to kids who are out of school in communities where they can’t get school meals.” 

Good Samaritan Health Center will use the $24,300 it received to expand its farmers market which provides free food to patients, according to the release. Food Security of America will use its $9,600 to create an emergency food pantry at PAWKids in Atlanta’s Grove Park neighborhood. 


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