The Athens Area Emergency Food Bank is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We give food to individuals and families in Athens-Clarke County who have been screened and referred by authorized Clarke County agencies. To qualify for referral, an applicant must show proof of the number of people requesting food and Clarke County residency. Although we ask for a simple statement of the emergency, we do not pass judgment in any case. If our requirement for referral cannot be met, we work with other agencies to find a resolution. No one who is hungry is ever turned away.
The majority of our referrals come from the Ark, a church supported agency. Qualified individuals and families are eligible for a seven-day supply of food two times during a six-month period. They receive canned foods, dry goods such as rice, pasta and cereal, and perishables including milk, eggs, cheese and fresh meats. The food we give is in response to emergencies. We do not have the resources to provide long-term assistance.
The Athens Area Emergency Food Bank is not a United Way agency and we do not receive any governmental funds. All of our support comes from the generosity of the people within the community. Last year, 70 percent of our donated funds came from individuals, 13 percent from churches and 17 percent from businesses and organizations. The remaining funds were obtained through special fundraisers. Our revenue pays for the two employees (one full-time, one part-time), utilities, building, upkeep, insurance, and most importantly, food.