By Community. For Community.

Meals by Grace is a non-profit ministry with the goal of helping children and families provide for themselves while they work to better their situation. We all need a helping hand from time to time. Meals by Grace seeks to be the hands that help by delivering warm meals to families that would otherwise go without. We'd love for you to join us, register today!

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Announcements

Our WEEKEND service day location has changed! You can find us most every Sunday at 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, GA 30004 in the first floor of the Midway United Methodist Church (look for signs). Check the event calendar to confirm your date. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities during the week, register to work on Tuesday and Thursday at our PANTRY LOCATION: 549 Lake Center Parkway, Cumming, GA 30040. Pantry volunteer hours are from 10am – 1pm.

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities during the week, register to work on Tuesday and Thursday at our PANTRY LOCATION: 549 Lake Center Parkway, Cumming, GA 30040. Pantry volunteer hours are from 10am – 1pm.

We are looking for 20 acres to construct a Community Enrichment Center. This will be a place where “by community, for community” comes alive, a place where volunteers come to share their skills, and those in need of skill enhancement or updating can come to learn a skill. Everyone has something to share and something they can learn! Join us as we seek to create a stronger community with self-sufficient families empowered and growing with new skills and education.

Vision Statement

Vision describes how the world will be different because of the existence of the group; Vision last for the lifetime of the organization. Here is our vision: “Meals by Grace works to ensure children go to bed happy, not hungry by working in reciprocal partnership between the community and families to learn and to grow, with the goal of moving toward self-sufficiency.”

Mission Statement

Mission provides the 'vehicle' for the vision; it describes the means that will be used to achieve the desired future. Mission should be revisited every 2-and should be reviewed regularly to make sure the means being used to attain the vision are still relevant. Here is our mission: “By creating meaningful relationships, we provide hungry children and their families with meals to end their food insecurity, utilizing the community as a holistic resource to nurture under-resourced families to self-sufficiency.”

Overview

Meals by Grace (MbG) is a Christian Ministry serving families since January of 2011. It received its official 501c3 status in March of 2014. Vetted through county social workers for food insecurity, MbG is a unique community driven organization delivering meals to individual homes. MbG utilizes multiple sources of food in addition to the Feeding America network through both the Georgia Mountain and Atlanta Community Food Banks. MbG operates 6 of every 7 days per week including a weekly service/delivery day and two community pantry days.

Serivces offered

Weekly hot meal, Weekly shelf stable food delivery, Monthly distribution of toiletries and laundry detergent, School break bags of shelf stable food (breakfast, lunches, healthy snacks), Shelf stable food bags positioned for immediate access in local schools, Extended summer feeding program for non-program children, Community food pantry, and Senior Support

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The Children

Meals by Grace partners with local school systems to identify children that are hungry and suffer from "food insecurity". Food insecurity is the politically correct term for the fear and anxiety that come from not knowing where your next meal will be served. In the school systems, the school social workers look for children who have dropping grades, sleep in class, and roam the lunch room asking for food.

When a child is identified, the social worker will make an at home visit to assess the situation. If the social worker feels that the child and family will benefit from Meals by Grace, then we are contacted to add them to our list of families assuming we have capacity. By partnering with the school systems, we have a high degree of confidence and knowledge that the children and families we serve are truly in need and will greatly benefit from weekly meals.

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Our Families

Many circumstances will befall you in your lifetime, some of which will have life altering and life interrupting consequences. So it is with our Meals by Grace families. We have families who have experienced death, job loss, serious illness, abandonment and other life events that have put them in situations where the ability to provide regular, healthful and nutritious meals for their children is next to impossible.

We have single moms with cancer, children with serious long term illnesses. We have families that technically are not organic families at all, at least in the naturally born definition of a family; but have taken one another in, offering shelter and care when no other 'family' could be found. These families do not live in another country or half way around the world. They are literally within a few miles of where we live. These families are our neighbors.

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What We Do

Meals by Grace meets weekly to create, prepare and deliver a hot nutritious meal and additional food items to our families in need with no, or limited transportation. We also provide a full service Tuesday and Thursday pantry from 11:00am to 1:00pm for our community members in need that have some form of transportation. While our hot meals program is focused exclusively on children recommended to us by the Forsyth County School Social Workers, the pantry is open to anyone with a self-declared need.

One unique aspect to Meals by Grace is that we love kids serving kids. Therefore, the first Sunday of every month, we let the children of our volunteers make the food for our families. It’s an incredibly fun time and teaches our kids the value of serving others that may have less.

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Our Volunteers

We LOVE our volunteers! Meals by Grace is predominantly run and supported by community volunteers. We have weekly opportunities to prepare food, stock shelves, and most importantly deliver to our families. We openly welcome children and adults. Meals By Grace is a great family event. We also welcome groups, clubs, and associations of every kind.

Volunteers form teams to deliver services to the community. Volunteers benefit from leadership, mentoring and coaching. In addition to a large, stable base of individual community volunteers, we utilize a vast community of groups including, but not limited to: Flood Student Missions, High School clubs (NHS, Beta, DECA), Local sports teams, Scouting gourps (boy & girl), Mountain lake church life groups, Community HOA groups, Browns Bridge and North Point Community Church (adult small groups, Transit & Insideout groups), Local college graduate groups: Kennesaw, University of North Georgia, Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine, etc., Numerous other churches and civic groups

One thing you'll notice right away when you come is the wide and culturally diverse mix of our volunteers. We have volunteers of every age, race and culture. We believe that we can all rally around the common goal of helping our community's children and being the hands and feet of God to those in need.

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