The elderly gentleman peering from the door is afraid of contact with another human being, yethe needs food. A member of one of FSA’s Food Security Groups, he usually comes to the bi-weekly meetings, enjoys catching up with his neighbors, helps hand out the food and pays a $4 membership fee. Now he isolates in his apartment to avoid getting sick from the coronavirus. At his age, the virus could be deadly. Yet he needs food.
Therefore, FSA has completely turned all our routines topsy-turvy for seniors. Now, a skeleton crew of members divides the food into huge, strong contractors’ bags. Then, volunteers come and take the bags of food to the front doors of the members’ apartments. Everyone stays isolated, but safe. They still get food.
Since our first meetings in 2012 FSA’s motto has been “It starts with the food, but it’s not about the food.” Our mission is to “create communities to equip people in need of healthy food.” Once we saw how vibrant and joyful Food Security Groups were in comparison to an emergency food pantry handout, we became true believers in the power and ripple effects of the community formed by Food Security Groups. We’ll never do isolated, one-on-one food handouts, we said.
And yet, in this time of coronavirus, people need food.
My grandmother always said, “Never say Never!”
When this is all over, what a party the seniors will have when they can leave their apartments and come back to their Food Security Group!
A huge THANK YOU to volunteers from Northside Church for taking over 35 bags heavy with food to seniors sheltering in their apartments.
In March, as the world began the descent into what felt like chaos, FSA did what so many were doing...
Nancy Yarnell, President/CEO of FSA, held a call and invited all the Georgia associated food security groups to join in and spend some time understanding the new world and how to cope as a food group safely. Providing food and basic needs is an essential task and FSA food groups in Georgia rose to the occasion!
Part of what makes Food Security for America special is this leadership and synergy to forge ahead when the world feels like it is flipped on its back.
Now, more than ever, your donations help provide life-saving food options for the most vulnerable populations in the Greater Atlanta area, in Georgia and beyond.
Please consider a monthly giving plan to help save lives!
Watch this one minute video that highlights the precautions being taken by FSA as we provide life-saving food!
Video Credit: Even Tide Productions
Meet Rose and her Grandmother aka "Granny"...
Rose's sweet grandmother is on an extended visit, legally, from her home country of Haiti. Rose works long hours to provide food, home and medical care for herself, her two children, and now Granny.
A virus such as COVID-19 can potentially have fatal effects on a woman of this age. Granny can't leave their home for fear of contracting the virus. Rose is afraid that working outside the home means she could bring in the virus that could be so harmful to Granny.
Yet, Rose must work.
FSA provides healthy food for this family to survive. Food Security for America is proud to bring these smiles to Rose and her Granny. It is our privilege to provide the food needed to help move this loving family from just living to thriving!
How to give back during a Global Pandemic...
We can still show social connection and come together on behalf of our communities even while practicing physical distancing. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Support healthcare workers by donating supplies, advocating for them, and staying home.
The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new phrase—“We are all in this together.” The first time I saw the phrase I thought about the 48 million Americans living below the poverty line and tens of millions more who are one paycheck away from it. I thought about underserved black and brown communities that perpetually face health inequities and higher rates of chronic health conditions. And what about the grocery store clerks, truck drivers and others who keep the essentials of society humming while the rest of the world is hunkered down staying home? Is “We’re all in this together” really a moment of togetherness or is it just a nice, supportive sentiment?