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Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County
Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.

Meals on Wheels, the WIC Program, the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market and Project Open Hand fill some of the overwhelming gaps in food security created by a combination of social, economic and political factors including food deserts, unemployment and underemployment.
The “2012 State of Fulton County Seniors Survey Report” regarding the food security status of the County’s senior adult population revealed that 8% - 14% of respondents reported skipping meals due to the lack of money. “The data confirms that hunger and food insecurity exists in Fulton County at an epidemic level,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Together, with the faith community, the non-profit and private communities, we are confident that our goals in this critical area will be achieved,” she stated.
Project Open Hand’s services provided over 50,000 nutritional supplements in FY 2013. 189 senior clients are waiting to receive home-delivered meals through the Fulton County Office of Aging Program. During the same period, Meals on Wheels, Inc. delivered 130,000 meals – 266 persons are on the waiting list.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), administered by the Department of Health and Wellness served 23,416 clients during the same period.

For more information about Fulton County programs to fight hunger, call 404-613-7944