COVID hasn’t affected all of us equally. The resources and support services of many low-income families have been devastated by pandemic restrictions. Food insecurity, a chronic problem for many before the pandemic, has become more severe over the past year for the most vulnerable members of our community. Mundito has selected two organizations that have been relieving food insecurity for decades: Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Open Hand Atlanta (OHA). They have carved out problems that Team Mundito can fix.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank project is based on the successful school pantry program that is part of the Atlanta Public Schools Carver Cluster. The communities within the cluster have a food insecurity rate of ~33%. Demand is up as low-income families face job cuts, and access to food is more difficult when children are not on campus. Mundito support will expand the existing ACFB/Carter partnership and provide transportation support to children and families to travel to the School Pantry.
With Open Hand Atlanta, we will be feeding medically fragile and homebound seniors. In the time of COVID, OHA kitchen capacity has been reduced, and safety considerations require that paid staff do the work previously covered by a faithful army of volunteers. Yet the need is greater, as OHA has increased the number of areas they service. Mundito support will help OHA meet these COVID-related challenges for existing clients and support their nascent “immediate-demand” program to cover acute needs.
It's our last project as Mundito Foundation, and it's an ambitious undertaking for a local campaign. Many of our donors are outside the Atlanta area, which means we will be leaning more heavily on the support of our local donors. We are targeting grants of $80k ($40k to each organization) to ease food insecurity in Atlanta. We're hoping that our generous donors will cover half of the cost.
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