Atlanta Community Food Bank receives $1 million grant

The incubation model is moving into the social services sector with a $1,090,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). The grant will establish and incubate the Food Well Alliance, which in turn will expand access to locally grown food and help build healthier, sustainable communities.

“The Atlanta Community Food Bank has a reputation for building successful partnerships to address complex problems,” said Jamie Kennedy, trustee of the Cox Foundation, in a press release. “This grant … provides the resources and leadership needed to bolster the local food movement and community gardening in Atlanta.”

Food Well Alliance will build on relationships and programs already established by the ACFB to promote education, foster collaboration and innovation and provide grant funding for local food initiatives. “Food Well Alliance has the privilege and responsibility to support our community organizers, educators and local food entrepreneurs aspiring to build a healthy local food movement,” said Food Well Alliance Executive Director Bobbi de Winter.

Two initial grant opportunities, a Community and Education Garden Grant and a Local Food Grant, are being offered for projects that enhance food security, promote physical activity, improve access to locally grown food and conserve the local landscape. Information about the grants and applications can be found at www.foodwellalliance.org. Applications are due in mid-February.

“This is a very exciting development for the food bank, as well as the Atlanta area,” said Bill Bolling, executive director of the ACFB. “It builds on our community partnerships, provides a place for those working within the local food movement to collaborate and share best practices, and offers a way for those who are interested in this movement to easily get involved.”

For more information about the ACFB, check out these Georgia Trend articles, “Feeding the Hungry,” and “Lasting Influences.”

 – Karen Kirkpatrick
Image Credit: Food Well Alliance

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