Knowing that Gwinnett County Public Schools is pausing their food delivery program to students during Spring Break, Gwinnett’s Cooperative Food Ministries (Co-Ops), in collaboration with GwinnettCares.org partners, are providing extra support to families with children this week.
Families in need are encouraged to find their zip code below and go to their assigned Co-Op anytime during their operating hours. To receive this assistance, you will need to present ID and a piece of current mail with your address and zip code. Families may visit their Co-Op one time during the week and will be given a week’s worth of food. There is no need to call ahead, just show up. Food will be distributed in drive-through fashion to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Serving zip codes: 30019, 30042, 30043, 30044, 30045, 30046, 30049
Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry
52 Gwinnett Drive, Suite C, Lawrenceville 30046
Days/Hours of Service: Mon 6-7:30 pm / Wed 10 am- 1:30 pm / Fri 10 am-1:30 pm / Sat 10-11:30 am
Serving zip codes: 30340, 30360, 30071, 30091, 30093, 30092, 30084
Norcross Cooperative Ministry
500 Pinnacle Court, Suite 510, Norcross, 30071
Days/Hours of Service: Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am-2 pm / Tues 6 pm-8 pm / Sat 10 am-12 pm
Serving zip codes: 30011, 30517, 30515, 30519, 30548, 30518, 30024
North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
4395 Commerce Dr, Buford 30518
Days/Hours of Service: Mon 4 pm-8 pm / Wed, Thurs & Fri 10 am-2 pm / Sat Noon-2 pm
Serving zip codes: 30047, 30084, 30087
Lilburn Cooperative Ministry
5329 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lilburn 30047
Days/Hours of Service: Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am – 1:30 pm
While some of the zip codes span multiple county lines, this program is only available to residents of Gwinnett County.
Scott Mawdesley, Community Outreach Director for 12Stone Church and Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services Board Chair, has been leading the charge on this effort. Mawdesley says, “This is an especially difficult time for many families in our community. We are doing everything we can to ensure they have access to basic needs. The effects of COVID-19 have hit hard and fast. We have an amazing group of community leaders and non-profit agencies that have formed a response team to help address critical needs as they unfold.” The gap in food access during spring break is the first this group has locked arm-in-arm to tackle. Mawdesley explains, “We are relying heavily on our comprehensive cooperative ministry network across Gwinnett to make this happen. Other non-profit partners will be providing supplemental food programs targeting certain geographic areas, families with transportation challenges, and others with special needs.” Some of the partnering non-profits include Salvation Army, Nothing But The Truth, JM Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA, Village of Hope, Street Wise, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and a multitude of churches.
Now is the time for our community to step up and care for each other through this crisis. If you are able and willing to give money or food or money to support this effort, please visit GwinnettCares.org to donate to relief funds or find a convenient drop-off location near you. 12Stone Church, Gwinnett Church, Perimeter Church, and Victory Church are hosting eight key collection sites around the county. The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia’s COVID-19 Relief Fund has received $350,000 to-date and is actively issuing grants out to non-profits in real-time to address big surges of need around our community.
This effort is made possible thanks to the generosity of many Gwinnett citizens, businesses, and local churches pulling together to help take care of each other through COVID-19. To learn about other resources available or ways you can help support those in need in our community, visit GwinnettCares.org.