In lieu of our annual Thanksgiving Feast for newly-arrived refugee families—called off this year due to COVID-19—the IRC in Atlanta and our partners at Memorial Drive Ministries hosted a contactless Food Drive to provide food boxes to Clarkston families in time for Thanksgiving. Our generous community responded rapidly—as always—and we were able to assemble more than 140 Thanksgiving Food Boxes full of cooking essentials, pantry staples and storage produce across two drop-off days at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and the IRC office.

“We want our newest neighbors to know we care about them and welcome them.”

IRC supporters Myrtle Lewin and Patsy Little from Ahavath Achim Synagogue donated two car loads of food on Saturday, November 7.

A true interfaith effort, IRC supporters Myrtle Lewin and Patsy Little mobilized their fellow congregants at Ahavath Achim Synagogue to collect two entire carloads of donated food items for the drive as part of their Refugee Initiative (AARI). “These food items come with our warmest wishes to all those who may receive our gifts,” Myrtle and Patsy shared. “They were gathered with love. We want our newest neighbors to know we care about them and welcome them. We hope that every family has an ample supply of good, wholesome food for their Thanksgiving celebrations, and that everyone remains healthy.”

On Saturday, November 14 we distributed more than 80 of the Food Boxes to families at a Clarkston apartment complex, and the remainder will be delivered to families in need before Thanksgiving. We are incredibly grateful for all your continued support and willingness to extend welcome to our newest neighbors during this challenging year, and we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Together we collected enough food for 140 Thanksgiving Food Boxes!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Georgia in early March, the IRC in Atlanta’s Logistics and New Roots programs have partnered weekly to ensure food security for refugee families in DeKalb County. Between March 16 and September 30, our staff delivered 474 Food Boxes to families—more than 10,500lbs of food! To learn more about supporting our food security services on a regular basis, please contact [email protected].


Please save the date and support the IRC in Atlanta for GAgives on #GivingTuesdayDecember 1, 2020—and help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 so that we can continue to meet the needs of refugees and immigrants in Georgia. No donation amount is too small!

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