SM&P Teams up with Local Churches to Support the Atlanta Community Food Bank
SM&P’s Sherri Dombi has joined a community group consisting of volunteers from First Presbyterian and First Baptist churches in Marietta. They partner with Marietta City Schools and the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) to serve neighbors in need this fall and winter. Each week, the volunteers assist 150-200 families with meals, diapers, baby wipes and food, feminine products, and (in October) Halloween candy. Assistant Account Manager Salik Johnson and Paralegal Assistant Kelsey Fanning have also helped. If you wish to join Sherri, please let her know.
“The Food Bank has recently experienced a 300% increase in people seeking food assistance,” Salik said. “So, they can use more support than usual this year. Kelsey and I have been glad to pitch in. We realized our efforts could make a real difference working through the Food Bank’s system of sharing grocery products, especially some that would normally go to waste in the manufacturing and retail sectors.”
“We support the Food Bank because we know we can count on them to very efficiently distribute food to those who really deserve it,” said Mary Montgomery, founding and managing partner at SM&P. “For every dollar they take in, they provide four meals. That’s a great return on our investment in the community.”
Each month, ACFB receives nearly nine million pounds of donated food and grocery products from individuals and the local food industry, including manufacturers, distributors, farmers, and retailers. Through their network of 700 nonprofit partners, including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, missions, community and senior centers, schools, and healthcare facilities in 29 north Georgia counties, they distribute more than 67,000,000 meals every year to people dealing with food insecurity.
ACFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity made up of over 200 regional food banks. The Food Bank network also offers some social services directly to struggling families and individuals.