Georgia Avenue Community Ministry
November 29, 2010
I have been involved with the Georgia Avenue Cooperative Ministry's Food Coop program through my work at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides much of its food.
The Food Coop's five cooperatives each provide essential food and other donated items to over 250 families. Many of these families have children. For as little as $5 every two weeks, each family receives an abundance of basic food items, including meat, bread, fruit and vegetables. For most of these families, this food is the difference between eating regularly and going hungry.
Not only that, but the Food Coop reinforces the dignity of its members and helps them improve their lives. Coop members are expected to contribute not only money but their time and cooperation to make the Coop run. This builds confidence, involvement and community. Many Coop members report that belonging to the Coop has helped them in ways that go far beyond the food.
The GACM operates a very small and lean organization. Operating on a shoestring budget, Chad Hale and his staff make an enormous difference in the lives of many families in some of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen the enormous difference the Coops make in the lives of their members. Most recently, I visited just before Thanksgiving. To see the impact of the food being distributed, including turkeys for Thanksgiving, and to witness the community spirit, joy and gratitude of the members was truly heart-warming.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand the program -- open more Coops.
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What is unique about this organization?
It is a membership organization. Clients need to apply, and must commit to support the Coop in order to join. By doing this, the Coop creates a sense of dignity and community among its members.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Professional with expertise in this field & I visited the Food Coop and helped distribute food and other donated items.