embers arrive at the appointed hour, check in with the secretary and treasurer and each contribute $4.00. These funds help cover overall programming costs and create a true a sense of ownership for members. After checking in, each member assists wherever able and needed. Tasks include unloading the delivery truck, sorting and organizing the food into categories, portioning out bulk items, and distributing food into boxes each member will take home at meeting’s end. Once all the day’s food and goods are loaded into the boxes, a business meeting is held.
Led by the co-op’s president and steering committee members (the elected leadership of the co-op), the meeting typically includes a devotional time, community announcements and on occasion an educational portion. In the past, co-ops have hosted guest speakers from the Morehouse School of Medicine, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and many more. When the business meeting concludes, food boxes are distributed and members disperse until gathering again in two weeks. Each 50 family co-op meets 25 times over the course of a calendar year.
The food co-ops are a sign of hope for our Atlanta region. They provide the kind of leadership formation and capacity building every community needs and wants. Through these co-ops, people discover the gifts and beauty in their neighbors, often in people they had discounted. With their vision and hope, with their hard work, with their care for one another, communities are being transformed.
Your tax deductible donation supports our organization’s work to provide enough food for families who need it most, and helps change lives. Every dollar counts..