Both of DeKalb’s food distribution sites are in areas with both high numbers of COVID-19 diagnoses and significant numbers of socioeconomically disadvantaged residents.
The food distribution events are sponsored by the county, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and a coalition of South Georgia farmers, Thurmond said. All of the food provided will be Georgia grown.
“We are honored to bridge the gap between families who are struggling to make ends meet in metro Atlanta and our hard working farmers in South Georgia,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said in a news release.
DeKalb County spent $40,000 to purchase the food that will be distributed Friday. Thurmond recently suggested spending around $3 million of the $125 million the county has received in federal coronavirus aid to address food insecurity.
Moving forward, similar distribution events could also be held monthly, Thurmond said.