The CAC Food Pantry feeds the hungry right here in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The Pantry receives more than 1,000 visits per month from local families and individuals in need. In 2011 we gave out 290,000 pounds of food valued at $594,000.
Most of the food is donated by individuals and groups. CAC member congregations each conduct one or more food drives a year. We also count on area schools, organizations, and businesses to hold food drives throughout the year. When the pantry runs low, we purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and grocery stores.
Volunteers staff the food pantry daily to take in donations, stock the shelves and distribute the food to clients. CAC has more than 50 food pantry volunteers.
We distribute non-perishable food and goods as well as perishable foods such as freshly prepared foods, meat and produce. The perishable goods are donated to CAC by the "Second Helpings" program which is managed by Temple Sinai. Second Helpings volunteers pick up excess fresh and prepared food that would otherwise go to waste from area restaurants, caterers, cafeterias, grocery stores and bakeries and deliver it to CAC.
CAC clients receive a large bag of non-perishable groceries once a month and fresh foods from "Second Helpings" once a week.
We also maintain a special section within the food pantry for items that can be easily used by those who do not have access to cooking facilities.