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What is the need that spawned Meals by Grace to develop this way?
What’s next for each program?
What are you plans for funding and long term sustainability?
Just what is Meals by Grace?
How is Meals by Grace funded…where do the donations come from?
Who partners with Meals by Grace?
What are the annual operational costs for MbG?
Is there a Board of Directors? If so, who is sits on this board and what is their function?
How can I help?
Tell me about your Service opportunities (days/times).
As food insecurity is relieved in the home, other needs float to the surface. Primarily, missing Life Skills. Caregivers who are unable to manage even basic life skills and provide food for their families have a tendency to become either depressed and abandon or angry and abusive. Neither is an acceptable outcome for something relatively easy to solve. Dignity is preserved by offering private coaching and guidance through in-home mentoring. In many of our families, the obvious thing missing is current, marketable job skills. From the simple ESL and GED to the more advanced computer and industry specific raining, our families need an entry point, at tradesman level, to obtain sufficient wages enabling them to be more self-sustaining.
Meals by Grace currently has three sub-programs; at home delivery for families without transportation, a client-choice pantry for folks with transportation, and a mobile pantry for families currently associated with the Headstart program. Moving forward Meals by Grace will be looking to partner and expand into Dawson and Hall counties where the need is even greater than Forsyth. Until suitable partnerships are found and developed the Mobile Pantry model will enable Meals by Grace to get food into underserved areas. Our life skills program requires the building of relationships. This intentional process leads to a place of trust and willingness to accept counsel on “next steps” towards self-sufficiency. At the point of readiness, a care-plan is designed and established by the relationship-building mentor. Life skills mentoring will focus on three key, foundational areas: Spiritual 101, Financial 101, and Nutritional 101. Works skills development will address as many possible areas as community expertise can be assimilated. Currently we have a working auto repair/maintenance group. The food services/catering will be able to commence upon completion of the main Food Support program building. Aqua-Hydro-Terraponics will begin immediately upon possession of the new property.
In the short-term a capital campaign is being held to raise the initial cost of purchase and building. In the mid-term while the Aqua-Hydro-Terraponic program is maturing The Bridge will sustain through individual donors, grants and corporate sponsorships. On a typical week we utilize around 300+ volunteers many of whom are donors. Long term, it is the plan to have our Sustainable Foods (Aqua-Hydro-Terraponics) program cover all operating and expansion costs. Ask to see the PIP (production>income>projection) sheet.
Meals by Grace is a no cost, delivered meal program available to the children of Forsyth County and their families. These families have been identified as having a special need by the Forsyth County School System Social Workers with limited or unreliable transportation.
Meals by Grace is funded through donations from the community; individuals, local churches, corporate sponsorships, community foundations and grants.
Anyone and everyone! A truly “by community, for community!” organization, officially partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), the Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB), and Midwest Food Bank. We receive donations from and partner with many other community organizations; civic groups, schools and clubs.
The Director of Operations and Finance can provide full financials upon request.
Meals by Grace (and The Bridge) have both an Operational Board and a hi-level Advisory Committee of ‘subject matter experts’ (SME) Contact Nancy Norman (
), Chairman of the Board, for a complete list of members and to know their specific function. Operational Board members can be found on our website.
VOLUNTEER! Register online. Click
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DONATE! As partners with the food bank, food can be obtained for $.16 lb. This means a $320 donation will buy ONE TON of food!!
COLLECT ITEMS! Canned goods per one of the online lists (found under the Donate tab:: Bags of Love), egg cartons, and plastic containers with tight fitting lids such as yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese containers, liquid laundry detergent and softener bottles.
Home Delivery Service program location:
5025 Atlanta Hwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Operated in the Midway United Methodist Church Gymnasium from 1 - 3:30pm every Sunday (excluding major holidays). Service days move to Saturdays when that occurs.
Client-choice pantry program location:
432 A Canton Road
Cumming, GA 30040
The pantry operates in the FAR LEFT END unit. Monday & Wednesday afternoon "shelf-stocking" opportunities, Tuesday/Thursday from 10-3pm – shopping assistance opportunities.