The James M. Cox Foundation provided a $3 million grant to support the project. The foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, whose media holdings include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“It’s a critical time for many of our neighborhoods, so we want to provide an accessible space to grow community by using food as a transformational tool for revitalization,” Bolling said.
The former headquarters of the Atlanta Community Food Bank at 970 Jefferson St. NW on the city’s westside was sold to the Westside Future Fund and Food Well Alliance. SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Facing a space crunch between its Jefferson Street annex and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard headquarters, the food bank launched a fundraising campaign a few years ago for a new home, including expanded cold storage space. That new campus is expected to open before the end of March.
Food bank CEO Kyle Waide said his board made it a priority to find a community use for its former home at the Jefferson Street site.
“It wasn’t a guarantee that could happen, but we were going to give a priority to potential buyers even though it might mean we would be selling it at below market rates,” Waide said.
Waide said the food bank will continue to serve the westside through its network of partners.
“We expect to serve and support them even more effectively through our new location,” he said.
The food bank’s main headquarters building also was recently sold to a heating and air conditioning company.