ATLANTA - The Atlanta Community Food Bank is pitching in to help the various affiliated food banks in Georgia and Florida hit hard by Irma this week.
Starting Wednesday, the food bank will be collecting water, non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Anyone who wishes to donate can visit the Atlanta Community Food Bank located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW in Atlanta between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Sept. 22.
“Shelf-stable items are really critical, things that people can eat right away without refrigeration. Again, many folks are without power, some folks cannot get back in homes yet. And what they need is access to food that they don't have to worry about, spoilage or things being unsafe to eat,” said Kyle Waide, CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank. “We also need financial support. A lot of our ability to respond to the storms is going to requires our truck to get on the roads, more hours, our staff to work longer hours, and we're going to need support to fund all those operations.”
Some of the items in dire need are:
- Water (individual bottles and cases)
- Canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops: vegetables, fruit
- Protein in pouches or pull-top cans: tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken
- Toiletries: diapers and hygiene products
- Cleaning supplies: mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags
Those who can’t drop off items can also donate monetarily online at acfb.org. All funds will be used for storm relief with any remaining funds will support ongoing hunger-relief efforts in metro Atlanta.