With breaking news about COVID-19 constantly developing, our goal has been to make products available to help you feed those in need as much as we can. But based on the information we have today, we have made the extremely difficult decision to temporarily close our shopping floors in Athens and Rabun, starting Monday, March 23, 2020.
This closure will not only limit person-to-person contact but will also allow us to prioritize inventory to our online channel, so you can safely shop from home. After placing an order, you will be able to schedule a time to pick up your order from the Food Bank. In order to minimize contact we will be asking for a name to write on each invoice as a physical signature will not be required during this time. The name written on each invoice along with the notation of “Covid19” will act as the signature and will require that the invoice be paid in the same currently required time frame.
In order to protect Food Bank staff and agency volunteers, we ask that you practice social distancing during this new process. Please keep at least six feet of space between yourself and anyone else.
Agencies that DO NOT receive USDA/GNAP, will have online access to foods normally found on the shopping floor.
Your safety is very important to us, please bear with use during this time.
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia provides our partner agencies access to millions of pounds of food they might not otherwise have. Agencies gain access to food either through our online inventory system or by selecting items from our shopping floor.
The online inventory system provides the bulk of the food distributed. All items are ordered in case or pallet-size quantities. The shopping floor provides supplemental food and is a lot like a grocery store allowing partner agencies to hand select food from the shelves or pallets of miscellaneous product.
Becoming a Partner Agency
Any 501(c)3 organization located within our 14 county service area interested in feeding the hungry can become a Partner Agency. Organizations must provide service to the ill, needy, minor children, and/or seniors in our community. Each organization must agree to distribute food free of charge to the end user. View our membership criteria.
After reviewing the membership criteria and determining that you want to be a part of our work, complete the membership application and return it along with your personal and financial references, proof of non-profit status, and membership fee to:
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
P. O. Box 48857
Athens, GA 30604
Once the Food Bank has received and reviewed your application a representative will contact you to schedule a site visit. Upon successful completion of the site visit shoppers will be required to attend a Partner Agency orientation. Check out the events calendar for the next Agency Orientation.
The Food Bank is able to conduct its mission due to three distinct and critical funding sources. These three are as follows:
- Private source donations
- Government grants and funds
- Agency Shared Maintenance Donations
The food the Food Bank receives is donated. However, the costs associated with the acquisition, processing, storing, and distributing of the food is not. Unfortunately, the first two sources of funding do not cover all the costs incurred in running this outreach.
Upon signing the contract, our Partner Agencies agree to support our work by a cents per pound contribution. This is referred to as an Agency Shared Maintenance Donation and covers approximately 1/3 of the total cost of our operation.