We found out about you from a lady who was in charge of a food outreach program in a small Baptist Church in Thomaston, GA and were pleased to find you, and join your fight against hunger in April. We have 5 people in our group that go out into the community and share the products we pick up from you every week.
My neighbor and I had been looking for a food bank for some time. Each week we reach out to as many as 8 to 10 families, as well as some of our group that need a little help, with the food you provide. Please feel free to provide my eamil and phone number to anyone who might want to contact me for validation or hear more about what we do with our gifts each week. Blessings to all, Jerry & Kate Marston
QUOTES FROM PARTNERS:
"Among the people I reach out to each week is a single mom with 4 children. She lost her job just before Christmas and without GAFRC each week they would not have eaten."
" I help supplement a family that runs out of food and does not qualify for food stamps. Without the products we pick up each week from GAFRC they would go hungry until their check comes in the first of the month."
"Among the people I help is a neighbor who has 8 children and there is 2 adults in the home. They have told me they do not know what they would do if it were not for me sharing my products from GAFRC each week."
Each story comes with gratitude for the staff, and volunteers of GAFRC who work so hard to make this possible and most of all the donors who is the heart of it all. They, as well as GAFRC, cannot thank you, the donors, enough for what you do.
O K. and T.-
I seriously do not have the adequate words to thank you both for what you did today! I am blown away at how amazing God is. I just wanted to send y'all an update--
J.- single mom of two girls ages 4 and 6
S.- single mom of a 2 year old little girl
A.- single mom of two boys ages 4 and 7
M.- single mom of a 4 year old little girl and 7 month old little boy
They were all just about in tears. All of those ladies are moms whose husbands literally woke up one day and just walked out on their family. Some of them work two or three jobs, some make too much to qualify for food stamps yet too little to adequately provide as a single parent, and some of them do get help from outside resources yet it's still not enough to make ends meet. They would never be the types to reach out and ask for help. I literally called each one of them and said "hey I'm coming over with some food!” They are the SWEETEST ladies I have ever met. The moms of older kids said that with all the money they have recently spent getting their kids ready for school; this could not have come at a more perfect time. Angelica said that earlier today one of her boys was asking for pineapple, which they don't have, and y'all gave me/them pineapple! Totally GOD!
I want to help in any way I can. I love this mission. Even if we're just helping sort food or delivering, I would love to help! Not to mention that our daughter, Abby, would be perfectly content pitching a tent in your yard and moving in ;) She cried the whole way home because she didn't want to leave! Anyway, I just wanted to thank y'all and let y'all know how much the food was appreciated!
Jo Jo is a long time member of the GAFRC family. He has been coming weekly since our beginning and picking up a distribution of food and personal care items. Like GAFRC, he has a strong desire to see that those in need are fed. Jo Jo uses the items that he receives from GAFRC and travels into downtown Atlanta in search of individuals who are homeless and hungry. He stops under the overpasses on the interstates in and around Atlanta distributing items to help those in need.
Recently, Jo Jo came in and asked if he could share a story with us. He had run into an elderly woman who was living in a patch of shrubs just off of I-20 in Atlanta. As the threat of cold weather was approaching, a group of firefighters at a nearby station had provided her with a tent, but that was all she had. Jo Jo had gotten a lot of blankets together and had taken them to her. He was so touched by how thankful she was for the simple gift of the blankets and told us how she hugged him so tightly!
After hearing Jo Jo’s story, we gathered some extra items together for this sweet lady. Jo Jo delivered the items to the lady and he said that she was so delighted to receive the food. He also admitted that he gave her a little money because she said that she had not been able to get a prescription filled because she did not have the money.
Jo Jo continues to stop in and check on this poor lady and says that her smile and appreciation are why he does what he does. It is a blessing to us to be able to provide individuals like Jo Jo with the products to help those who aren’t in a position to help themselves. Without the generosity of our donors, we wouldn’t be able to share the items that we were able to share with Jo Jo.
To All Who Work To Make GAFRC. work:
We may not be your typical member family, so I want to acquaint you with us. My husband and I brought up four birth children who are all married now, and we have adopted eight special-needs children. Seven of the children are from poor formerly-Soviet-bloc-country orphanages. We have spent our own money to adopt and care for these children and sometimes finances are a bit tight. My grocery, medical, transportation, and utility bills are unusually high; the children have nutritional deficiencies that must be addressed and made up for (they are very hungry!), and we have provided for fifteen surgeries among the various children in the past nine years. The children have all come to us with mouths full of cavities, un-addressed medical needs, and serious deficiencies in their ability to function in a family, and none of them had anything at all. While they are not intentionally destructive, the fact that they had never lived in a proper home, nor had to take care of anything resulted in repeated breakage of such household items as the stove, ovens, furniture, their clothing & shoes, lawn mowers, their bicycles and toys- everything we own and everything we have purchased for them has had to be replaced multiple times, though sometimes we just have to do without when things are broken or destroyed, or simply used up.
GAFRC provides a much needed boost to our grocery supplies to feed our hungry children. I do not know how we would manage in this changing economy without it.
I do not consider GAFRC. to be welfare; it is not tax-payer-funded, and it is totally voluntary for all of us. I DO consider it to be a useful and very helpful means for extending the use of our budgeted funds for groceries while we have this extra burden of caring for and feeding a large family of once-orphaned children who would be without a family if we could not find a way to make them a part of ours.
Mrs. Bret Smith, Birdie Community Outreach