Combating Summer Hunger

With tears in her eyes, Ms. Charlene Hughley stopped for a final hug, then walked out of the Families First Family Resource Center towards home, her arms filled with lunches and book bags for her 12 grandchildren.

This summer Families First held an eight-week feeding program for families in the Gardens at Washington Park apartments on Atlanta’s Westside. Our neighbors here in Washington Park include some of the 44,690 Fulton County residents who do not always know where their next meal is coming from. When school is out for the summer, and parents or guardians are working, the problem is compounded for children who are home alone all day.

Thanks to you, 441 children, parents, and grandparents didn’t have to worry about where their next meal was coming from.

Through a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, fueled by the generosity of donors like you, every Monday through Thursday children and their parents or guardians could stop by the Families First Family Resource Center on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and pick up a healthy lunch.

Our volunteer, Pat, gives out lunches to our Washington Park neighbors.

“Every day I take the bus to the train to work and home again”, said Ms. Charlene. The burden of feeding 12 hungry children during the summer is additional stress on a family already struggling. “Families First has saved me so much time, so much money, and so much worry. Just knowing that my children and grandchildren had a meal every day while I was at work was such a relief!”

In addition to daily lunches for the children in our community, Families First was also able to provide weekly groceries for families in need of extra support. Ms. Annie, one of our senior neighbors told us, “I’m so grateful that this program could lend support and resources to the seniors in my community, while serving the children too.”