The DeKalb County Government is working to mitigate food insecurity in the county by distributing 1,200 boxes of fresh produce and 1,200 bags of chicken to families and residents who have limited access to healthy food.
Each of the 1,200 COVID-19 Care Baskets will include 20 pounds of fresh Georgia-grown fruit and vegetables and a 10-pound bag of chicken.
The county will host two drive-thru food distribution events May 22 at 2 p.m. where residents will receive a nutritious COVID-19 Care Basket containing one 20-pound box of Georgia Grown fruit and vegetables and one 10-pound bag of frozen chicken hind quarters.
The care baskets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at
- Panthersville Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur, Ga.
- Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston, Ga.
Proof of DeKalb County residency is required to receive a care basket.
The county is partnering with Clarkston Community Center, Telemundo Atlanta television and La Vision newspaper in the food distribution.
Why it Matters: According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, DeKalb County has experienced a 40% increase in the number of people suffering from food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I greatly appreciate Commissioner Gary Black, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and our South Georgia farmers for partnering with DeKalb County to provide nutritious produce to families struggling to keep food on the table,” said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond. “With the support of the Board of Commissioners and DeKalb COVID-19 Strategic Task Force, we are addressing the health and economic consequences of this insidious disease.”
The food distribution event grew out of a partnership between DeKalb County Government and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Georgia Grown, Now More Than Ever” campaign. The county appropriated $40,000 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to purchase the produce and chicken.
“We are honored to bridge the gap between families who are struggling to make ends meet in metro Atlanta and our hard working farmers in South Georgia,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. “We value this partnership to join forces with CEO Mike Thurmond and the DeKalb Board of Commissioners to serve and support our fellow Georgians during this unprecedented crisis.”
DeKalb County has budgeted $3 million in coronavirus relief act funding to help mitigate food insecurity.
For more information about the county’s response to COVID-19, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.