ATLANTA -- The statistics in Georgia are startling:
- 20 % of people living in Georgia are food insecure, meaning that they don't always know where they will find their next meal.
- As of 2014, Georgia remains one of only 4 states with minimum wage rates under the federal rate. Georgia's minimum wage is $5.15/hour.
- 46.5 million Americans (15%) were reported as living at or below the poverty level in 2012.
- 95 cents of every dollar donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank goes directly to services in the community to help fight hunger.
- 19.2 % of all residents in Georgia live in poverty, that includes 27.2 % of children (6th highest in the nation) and 11.2 % of senior citizens
11Alive's Brenda Wood walks through the Atlanta Community Food Bank with Exec. Dir. Bill Bolling to talk about Georgia's growing problem feeding the state's most vulnerable. #FeedAtlanta 11Alive
The faces behind those statistics include Irene. She's a single mother of four, including two special needs children. She works full time. She makes too much to qualify for food stamps, but not enough to feed her family. She depends on a Cobb County food pantry to bridge the gap.
On Friday, Gannett, 11Alive's parent company, partnered with General Mills for the Outnumber Hunger concert. Leading up to that concert, 11Alive partnered with the Atlanta Community Food bank to bring help to local families. Here's how you can help:
- Watch: Watch the 11Alive News special above to learn more
- Online: Donate online : acfb.org/FeedAtlanta $10 will provide 40 meals
- Share: Help us spread the word on your social media pages by using the hashtag #FeedAtlanta to talk about the local need and #OutnumberHunger to support the hunger concert.