Food-related charities and nonprofits will donate around Atlanta during COVID-19

Atlanta residents are doing everything they can to help the restaurants and bars they love survive the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes replacing restaurant meals with ordering takeout and delivery, purchasing gift cards and products at favorite establishments, donating to staff fundraisers, and tipping their favorite bartenders through sites like TIPSYATL or Service Industry Tips. But there are plenty of food-related charities and nonprofits around Atlanta that are also struggling to hold on during the global health crisis.

Send Atlanta eater details of other food-related charities and nonprofits that help feed needy communities around the metropolitan area.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Donate funds or food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The ACFB works with 600 nonprofit organizations to provide more than 60 million meals a year to the people of Atlanta and northern Georgia. The organization has become a critical resource for many people who now find themselves unemployed due to the pandemic, including those in Atlanta’s restaurant industry. Also consider donating to other local community food banks.

Atlanta Dinners: Racial Healing with the Community

Community-based social justice nonprofits One Small Change and Out of Hand Theater are partnering to host 1,500 dinners over the next three years to help facilitate and deepen conversations about race and equity . The dinners, an offshoot of the “Decatur Dinners” series, typically begin with a short pre-dinner play and candid discussion. Dinners are usually held in homes, places of worship, restaurants, and community centers, and include up to ten people. The goal is to launch the Atlanta Series with a dinner series hosting 500 people this fall.

Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen provides financial assistance to Georgia-based restaurant and food industry workers facing financial hardship or a health crisis. There are options to set up a one-time or recurring donation.

Meals on Wheels

This organization provides meals, groceries, and other vital in-home services to Georgia and Atlanta seniors and others who cannot leave their homes due to medical conditions or other extenuating circumstances.


This nonprofit community activist group advocates for businesses, restaurants, and immigrant populations living along and around the Buford Freeway corridor in metro Atlanta. Memberships and donations to the organization help fund initiatives such as the Oral History Project, sidewalk and park revitalization measures and, more recently, allow the organization to provide vital resources and information. to businesses and restaurants struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Healthy Wave Georgia

The nonprofit organization helps support more than 1.4 million food-insecure families in Atlanta and Georgia by providing access to fresh, healthy food. This includes helping match and double SNAP benefits at grocery stores and farmers markets across the state. Donations are essential to continue the organization’s work to address food insecurity in Georgia.

Really Well Living Center

The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture is a grassroots agricultural initiative that helps educate and nurture urban Atlanta communities. The center offers gardening and agriculture classes, offers produce at local farmers’ markets, and offers event facility rentals at its farm in Collegetown, West End. This year, Truly Living Well is launching a mobile farmer’s market called “TLW Farm on Wheels”. The new agricultural vehicle enables Truly Living Well to provide food-insecure communities around Atlanta with access to fresh, healthy produce. The center hopes to raise funds to continue the Farm on Wheels program to help provide food and cooking demonstrations in schools, senior centers and hospitals in the Atlanta area.

Umi stream

Umi Feeds is an Atlanta-based nonprofit food rescue organization that serves healthy meals to Atlanta’s homeless population through a mobile diner service. Food scavenged to create meals comes from local farms, grocery stores, local chefs, catering businesses, and everyday Atlantans where produce, meat, and other food items might otherwise go to waste or unused. Umi Feeds also distributes personal care items, clothing, hygiene products and blankets during mobile diners, in addition to providing meals. Donate via Cash App: $UmiFeedsInc or PayPal:

Restaurants Feeding communities in need

Restaurants around metro Atlanta became takeout and delivery overnight and laid off or laid off hundreds of employees. Despite these financial challenges, many restaurants are finding ways to continue serving their communities beyond the dining room. Staplehouse has partnered with Giving Kitchen to launch “The Giving Soup Kitchen” from the tasting menu restaurant on Edgewood Avenue. It is intended to provide meals (at no cost) to unemployed people in the service sector caught up in sudden layoffs. Chef Linton Hopkins and Gina Hopkins have joined chef and restaurateur Edward Lee’s nationwide effort ‘Restaurant Worker Relief Program’ to provide free boxes of essential food and household supplies to out-of-work restaurant workers of the Atlanta area. #ATLFAMILYMEAL, founded by Michael Lennox of Electric Hospitality (Golden Eagle, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Muchacho), has partnered with several other Atlanta restaurants to prepare and deliver meals to the area’s unemployed workers and their families . Charitable initiatives like these – large and small – are happening throughout Atlanta’s restaurant industry. These efforts often rely on the generosity of diners to help restaurants continue to fund soup kitchen operations and meal services, some of which also deliver meals to healthcare workers helping patients with COVID-19.

Stay home if you are sick. Check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for advice and twice-daily updates on the latest number of reported COVID-19 cases.