Many organizations in Cobb County are pitching in to help make lunches and distribute food to needy families around the county. Efforts all around the county are being mobilized quickly and volunteers are showing up to help prepare and deliver the food. That’s on top of all the food donations!
The Northeast Cobb and McCleskey YMCAs, working in conjunction with Mount Paran North Church, delivered 40 bags of food to families at In Town Suites on Roswell Road. The food was donated by YMCA members and friends and from Mount Paran North Church.
“It went smoothly,” said Director Gayle Battersby. “In Town Suites was very accommodating. I got to greet many of the guests, and they were all very thankful.”
While they currently have food on-hand for about one week, more food will be necessary. They are discussing needs with other apartment complexes on Roswell Road.
“We are providing food for lunches right now,” Ms. Battersby said. “We are asking for peanut butter, jelly, chips, fruit cups, and a healthy dessert. We will deliver this weekly to the sites.”
Of course, monetary donations also help.
Northwest YMCA is working with Freedom Church to distribute lunches to various locations in Kennesaw. Superior Creek Lodge, Green Roof Inn, The Woodlands in Kennesaw, and In-Town Suites locations in Kennesaw and Marietta are the delivery locations.
“We are working on getting food to 200 kids,” said Director Becky Cross, “bread is hard to find, but this is the last piece of the puzzle at the moment.”
Northstar Church is also helping out, delivering food and supplies to mobile-home parks and extended stays. The Cobb Foundation is helping by providing gift cards and helping with utility bills for families in need.
MUST Ministries extended its partnership with the Cobb County School District to feed students for the rest of the school year. That’s in addition to what they already accomplished with Cobb Schools this week when MUST provided hundreds of boxes filled with a two-week supply of food.
MUST needs volunteers to join the campaign to feed those in need by giving food donations and volunteering to help with food distributions at schools. Sign up here.
Additionally, the East Cobb City Council encouraged their PTA families to get involved and $1200 was allocated to help families in the Sedalia Park Elementary area.
“The response was tremendous,” said Julie Lance, a Cobb social worker that works with several schools in that area. “We will be reaching out to our Blessings in a Backpack families first to assess their needs.”
There is so much happening and so much community support flooding in that it is hard to track everything. Cobb County is stepping up everywhere to help!
If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact one of the organizations listed above. Also, refer to our page dedicated to Cobb Resources for Families in Need.
Likewise, if you can assist with donations of food, money, or time, please join our team to ensure our students are getting what they need each day. We’re in this together!