In May 1981, Rev. Ben Fore, Director of Christian Social Ministries of the Macon Baptist Association, visited St. Luke's Outreach Program in Atlanta. He returned to Macon with a dream. This dream he shared with twenty citizens of our area, and on March 1, 1982, with $1,000 in startup funds from the United Way, the Macon Area Food Bank was incorporated.
When we began, the Rev. Fore operated the Food Bank out of a donated pickup truck and a small storage area in the basement of the Macon Rescue Mission. In 1993, MGCFB became a certified affiliate with Feeding America, the nation's food bank, which led to increased food supplies and funding. Through the ensuing years, MGCFB has continued to grow to meet the needs of the Middle Georgia area.
Today, the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 24 counties in Middle Georgia for more than 37 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 190 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults from our distribution center in Macon, Georgia.
In 2017, the Food Bank distributed more than 6.6 million pounds food or 7.9 million meals through the agencies and programs. Sadly, food insecurity remains a serious problem in Middle Georgia. In our counties, more than 132,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life.