JMC is committed to helping our friends and neighbors who struggle with food insecurity. The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) reports that 80,600 people are served each week by programs supported through the Food Bank, and that those clients turn to the Food Bank partner programs and pantries for help more than 6.1 million times over the course of the year. This means clients are visiting the Food Bank network programs an average of 8 times a year. Food Bank clients are also forced to make tough choices about the food that they eat. Subsequently, many of them suffer from chronic health conditions. For example:
86% of households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options.
73% of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
In order to support and assist the ACFB, JMC held our second annual food and fund drive this summer. With the generosity of our family and friends, we were able to exceed our fund drive goal again this year! In addition to the funds raised we were also able to donate a significant amount of non-perishable, nutritious food.