embers arrive at the appointed hour and check in with the secretary. After checking in, each member is encouraged to participate in a handful of different tasks. These include setting out and organizing the correct amount of empty boxes, bringing the food into the distribution room, sorting and organizing the food into categories, portioning out bulk items, and distributing all the food into boxes equitably and according to family size.

Once all the day’s food and goods are loaded into boxes, a business meeting is held. Led by the co-op’s elected leadership, the business meeting typically includes a reflection, community announcements and on occasion an educational portion led by a guest speaker from one of Urban Recipe’s community partners. When the business meeting concludes, the fully stocked food boxes are assigned to each member and members take their boxes and disperse until gathering again in two weeks.

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Click to learn more about the results of Urban Recipe’s 2018 food co-op program evaluation

Urban Recipe has been one of the most creative programs in building community and empowering its clients. It stands as a role model to all of us who are committed to feeding the hungry and helping those most in need.

– Bill Bolling, Founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank


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.

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.

– Dr. David Jenkins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

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