Community Leaders Join Forces with Historic African American Cultural Institution to Culminate Black History Month by Providing Critical Needs to Food Insecure Individuals and Families

February 26, 2021 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Sunday, February 28, 2021, local state legislators will join the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Sheriff Pat Labat, Fulton County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair Natalie Hall, Hammonds House Museum and a diverse array of grassroots community organizations to culminate Black History Month in service. Scheduled from 12 noon – 3 pm at the Hammonds House Museum, located at 503 Peeples Street, SW, in the historic West End neighborhood, the coalition of civic, elected and cultural leaders will be providing free food, PPE and other critical items to individuals and families in need.

“to preserve, exhibit, interpret and increase public awareness about the contributions that visual artists of African descent have made to world culture”

– Hammonds House

Sunday’s event is being organized by the national non-profit, Social Change, through support from BLACC and AHF.

WHAT:

Community Food Drive providing FREE Food and PPE to food insecure individuals and families to culminate Black History Month

Note: Organizers will distribute over 10,000 pounds of fresh groceries and thousands of masks to all who walk or drive up.

WHEN:

Sunday, February 28, 2021

12 noon – 3:00 pm

WHERE:

The Historic Hammonds House Museum

503 Peeples Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

WHO:

State Representative Nan Grogan Orrock

State Representative Sonya McLaughlin Halpern

State Representative Rhonda Taylor

State Representative Mesha Mainor

State Representative Stacey Evans

Fulton County Sheriff Patrick “Pat” Labat

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair, Natalie Hall

Todd Belcore, Executive Director, Social Change

Imara Canady, Chair, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition

Donna Watts-Nunn, Operations Manager, Hammonds House Museum

Other event partners include: W.E.N.D., Inc., GA Familias Unidas, Everyone Eats Foundation, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, The Promote Positivity Movement w/ Hannah Joy Gebresilassie, Documented by Fulani Jabri Banksy and Mike Ross

WHY:

According to Feed America, African American households face hunger at a rate more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic households. And getting enough to eat is a consistent struggle for 1 in 4 African American children. According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, in metro Atlanta 1 in 8 individuals are food insecure, 1 in 6 children are food insecure and 1 in 13 seniors age 60 and over are food insecure.

In addition to the food and PPE being distributed, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will be providing free, rapid, confidential HIV testing, with an opportunity for attendees to win a $50 Kroger gift card.

Social Change’s Executive Director, Todd Belcore, noted, “It’s important that the world understand that saying Black Lives Matter isn’t a political statement–it’s a cry for help. Learning and celebrating Black History is paramount to helping people understand that. That’s why I can’t be more grateful for all the leaders of every color, sector and belief who have come together today to respond to their neighbor’s cry by meeting some of our neighbors’ urgent needs and honoring the life, legacy and contributions of Black people in America. This is the sort of energy that creates the space for understanding and–with that–real progress. And I cannot think of a better manifestation of Dr. Woodson’s vision than that.”

“We are honored to partner with these wonderful organizations to bring much needed resources to our neighbors in Southwest Atlanta,” states Donna Watts-Nunn, Operations Manager at Hammonds House Museum. “In addition to presenting arts and cultural events, Hammonds House Museum has a long history of community service.”