Food insecurity in DeKalb County reaches ‘crisis levels’ for families

December 14, 2020
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Food insecurity in DeKalb County is reaching “crisis levels,” county officials say.

To combat the toll of food insecurity on many families, the county is adding a fourth food distribution site in December.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the former K-Mart building parking lot in Doraville will be one of four locations where 3,700 DeKalb residents will receive one 20-pound box of fruit and vegetables and a bag of ground beef or 10-pound bag of chicken hindquarters.

“We recognize that many families are struggling to keep food on their tables,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said. “The Buford Highway distribution site grew out of our partnership with nonprofit advocacy organizations and municipal leaders in Doraville, Brookhaven and Chamblee. This new location will help us to reach a more diverse cross-section of families in need.”

Since May 2020, DeKalb County has provided fruit, vegetables, and protein to over 23,000 DeKalb County families.

Beginning at 10 a.m., COVID-19 Care Baskets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, at four locations:

  • Former K-Mart store parking lot at 5597 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340
  • Buck Godfrey Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur, GA 30034
  • James R. Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston, GA 30021
  • New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Rd., Stonecrest, GA 30038

Community partners include La Vision newspaper, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Saint Philip AME Church.

The county is using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to purchase the produce, ground beef and chicken.

For more information about the county’s response to COVID-19, visit

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