Food stamps and other federally funded assistance programs have seen a backlog in DeKalb County and across Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Social Services officials, but there are several pantries and food programs always available to DeKalb residents in need.
A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Human Services added that “due to inflation and labor shortages, we are working on an increased volume of SNAP applications and renewals.”
The spokesperson said, “They anticipate that customers will be caught up in the Thanksgiving holiday,” and those with issues can call (404) 657-3433, 800-423-4746 or visit compass.ga.gov .
There are also food pantries and other food options in DeKalb County that serve residents during the holidays.
Commissioner larry johnson began hosting mobile pantries in October with the Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (CHOICES). A spokesperson for Johnson’s office added that a date and location have not been set for December, but the schedule can be viewed at www.eventbrite.com/o/choices-8073480513.
Johnson’s outdoor food pantry event uses a drive-thru model to serve recipients.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been working hard to make sure families have enough to eat,” Johnson said in October. “With the holiday season approaching, we will continue to ensure that we reduce as many burdens as possible for families, including the provision of food.”
Below are other open pantries and food donation events happening over the holiday season:
Toco Hills Community Alliance
Location: 1790 LaVista Road NE
Phone: (404) 325-0677
Open for food distribution on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and requires photo ID. The pantry serves those in ZIP Codes 30030, 30032, 30033, 30319, 30324, 30329, 30340, 30341, and 30345, excluding documented veterans and homeless.
Location: 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Phone: (404) 228-0777
The Suthers Center Food Pantry at Brookhaven offers several food-related resources, including food drives, cooking classes, and SNAP assistance. For more information visit: https://www.sutherscenter.org/food-and-nutrition
Decatur Area Ministry of Emergency Relief (DEAM)
Location: 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Phone: (404) 373-2300
All DEAM services are provided by appointment only. Those in need should call between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, according to the website. DEAM serves postcodes 30030, 30002, 30079 and parts of postcodes 30306, 30307, 30316, 30317, 30032 and 30033.
Pantry of the Friends of Saint-Martin de Porres
Location: 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road
Phone: (678) 939-3501 ext. 231
The pantry is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and requires photo ID.
I care about Atlanta
Location: 5879-B New Peachtree Road
Telephone: (678) 615-3341
I Care Atlanta collects food and donations from Atlanta businesses and supermarkets and delivers the goods to those in need. The group serves Doraville and its surroundings.
Location: 4755 N Peachtree Road
Phone: (770) 455-6523
Malachi’s Storehouse opens its pantry to anyone who needs it on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wade Walker YMCA
Location: 5605 Rockbridge Road SW
Phone: (678) 781-9622
For information on pantry hours at the Wade Walker YMCA, call (678) 781-9622.
The king’s table
Location: 6400 Woodrow Road
From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, La Table du Roi will host a drive-through food distribution. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at: signupgenius.com/go/9040a4caaae28a5ff2-thekings. For the calendar of events and roster updates, visit: newbirth.org/events/.
Rehoboth Church Family
Location: 2997 Lawrenceville Highway
Phone: (770) 939-3182
Organizers said the pantry is open to anyone in need on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is also accepting donations. There are signs on the property leading guests to the pantry.
Catholic Church of Christ our Hope
Location: 1786 Wellborn Road
Phone: (770) 482-5017
Appointments can be made by phone on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The pantry serves zip codes 30058 and 30038 and requires photo ID.
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