Atlanta Community Food Bank and Whirlpool Corp. have come together to bring “Feel Good Fridges” to dozens of food pantries in the Food Bank’s partner network across metro Atlanta and northern Georgia. These refurbished refrigerators will help to expand the amount of perishable, fresh or frozen foods that food pantries can store and ultimately distribute to neighbors seeking food assistance.
Food inequality is a serious issue in the U.S., and that’s why we’re excited that this program is growing and moving into new markets.”
The program was first piloted by Whirlpool Corp. in its Benton Harbor, Michigan headquarters community through a partnership with Feeding America West Michigan. With a focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and rural areas, Whirlpool is working with the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity on a national level in an effort to alleviate food insecurity in communities in need across the country. Atlanta is the second market to benefit from this unique program.
“The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributed over 21 million pounds of fresh produce in our last fiscal year, as well as other perishable items such as meat and frozen foods. Adequate and plentiful refrigeration equipment across our network of nonprofit food pantry partners is critical to getting more of these nutritious foods onto the tables of families in need,” said President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide. “We are incredibly grateful to Whirlpool Corporation for including Atlanta in this innovative and thoughtful program.”
“Food inequality is a serious issue in the U.S., and that’s why we’re excited that this program is growing and moving into new markets,” said Whirlpool Corp. Market Manager Gerrod Moore. “Whirlpool Corporation is aware of the need for a program like this in the Atlanta area, and that’s why we decided to roll it out there. We’ll also be placing fridges in other urban areas across the country, including Dallas and Chicago, providing over 150 refrigerators in total to aid families in need.”
Distribution of refurbished refrigerators to the Atlanta Community Food Bank partner agencies began in Jan. of 2022, utilizing its regional distribution centers.
Atlanta-area Feel Good Fridges have recently been placed at:
- West End Family Life and Community Center – Atlanta
- Emma’s Place – College Park
- Golden Bridges Food Pantry – Conyers
- Damascus Road Recovery – Covington
- Pleasant View Baptist – Covington
- Love Involves Family Everyday, Inc. – Fayetteville
- Heard County Food Pantry – Franklin
- Deliverance Tabernacle of Praise – Jonesboro
- Helping Hands Ending Hunger INC. – Jonesboro
- The Help Of An Angel – Lithonia
- Area in Need Missionary House – Riverdale
- Antioch AME Church-Ruby Hoke Wms – Stone Mountain
- Wade Walker YMCA – Stone Mountain
- Francis Bongay Ministry – Tucker