Study shows hunger highest in DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton | News
ATLANTA -- A new study by Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organiztion, shows 16.9 percent of people in metro Atlanta and North Georgia don't always know where they'll find their next meal.
The numbers are even higher in DeKalb County (20.9 percent), Fulton County (19.5 percent) and Clayton County (23.4 percent).
"Fulton and DeKalb did go up a little bit but certainly not in the increases we've seen in the past," said Bill Bolling, CEO and founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. ACFB is part of the Feeding America network.
Bolling said the ACFB is beginning to see signs of an economic recovery.
"We've had two years of 30 percent increases here at the Food Bank in distribution," Bolling said. "This year, we're running nine or 10 percent, so that's a good thing. Though we're still increasing."
Bolling is worried about what's to come, since demand for food goes up during the summer months.
"A lot of children who depend on school breakfasts and school lunches do not have access to those meals in the summer," he said.
Bolling said community support is critical.Donations of money and time make all the difference.
Members of the Southwest DeKalb High School "Sisters in Action" service group donated their time on Saturday.
They spent hours sorting and packing food for hungry families.
"No one deserves to go hungry," said senior Raquel May. "I just feel so good inside and happy I'm able to come here."