- “Food Insecurity” is serious problem in African American communities, defined as the household inability to foresee from where its next meal will come.
- 10 Million (27 percent) African Americans are at risk of going hungry
- 25% of black households are struggling to put food on the table (1 in 4 are “food insecure”)
- Over 1/3 of the 44 counties in the US with the highest category of “food insecurity” have majority African American populations
- Hunger is a major community challenge faced by African American churches
Mary Mary and WE tv are teaming up with local churches and food banks in Atlanta and Chicago to leave fans “hungry 4 more” Mary Mary and to help combat the issue of food insecurity. Each event will feature an exclusive screening of the Mary Mary series premiere and a performance of Mary Mary’s new single, Go Get It. The event is FREE with a canned good or financial donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository or the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) began operating in 1979 in a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and now distributes over 30 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. This product is utilized by more than 700 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 38 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia. ACFB leads seven distinct projects that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.ACFB.org, and for more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org
ABOUT THE GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 69 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 145,000 meals every day. The Food Depository’s programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.