Q: How are you funded?
A: We greatly depend on private donations, church support, and fundraising activities for most of our basic needs. Most of our staff are volunteers. Papa’s Pantry is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are tax-deductible. We ask for you to prayerfully consider becoming a monthly donor. Please ask your employer if they will match your donations! We are registered with AT&T and Home Depot to receive such matches.

Q: How many families do you feed every week?
A: The number of families fed each week greatly depends on the time of year. Spring is the lightest – families are receiving tax returns and there is a seasonal break with power bills. During these few months, our numbers may range from 10-15 families a week. The numbers and needs increase as children are out of school at the end of May. In fact, feeding growing children all summer creates quite a burden on the household food budget! Once school begins again in August, food assistance steadily grows through Christmas and winter, when we are at peak, ranging from 50 to 60 families each week.

Q: How does someone get food?
A: The process is simple. The person needing food assistance just needs to call our office to schedule an appointment. 770-591-4730. We are not able to handle walk-ins. It is our goal to get to the heart of the matter and get to know the families we are working with.

Q: What is the difference between a “first-timer” and a “partnered family”?
A: A first-timer is just that… they have made an appointment, and once there, receive food for the “first time”. They are able to select one week’s worth of non-perishable grocery items from our shelves. During that first appointment, the Partnership Program is explained and they are given the opportunity to apply for the “on-going” assistance (until they have regained stability).
A “partnered family” is one that has filled out a “partnership” application, answering questions about their circumstances, action plan, financial summary and other needs beyond food. This application then goes before a review committee to determine if this family’s circumstances fall within our guidelines. If approved, this family is able to come back for food assistance, training, and life-skills coaching for the next two months. If they are not “back on their feet” by the end of this time, they are able to re-apply, using the same process as before.
It is these partnered families that we actively work with, and help with the extra annual events, such as Easter, Back-to-School, Winter Coats, and Christmas Papa Noel.

Q: What are your guidelines for partnered food assistance?
A: Our guidelines are pretty straight-forward. They have been prayed over during the years of development, and we feel that these are God-given. The Review Committee looks for a recent financial event that has caused a potential food shortage in the household and an action plan for the family to regain stability. It may be as “simple” as finding employment, or it may be as complicated as becoming a single parent or regaining health.

Q: How are you different from the Atlanta Food Bank?
A: The Atlanta Food Bank is the city’s main food-resource “hub”- they are the recipients and filter, in which many government subsidized food programs operate; they also receive overages from large corporations and food chains. Families cannot go directly to the Food Bank for assistance. Papa’s Pantry does not receive assistance from the Atlanta Food Bank and greatly depends on private donations, church support, and fundraising activities for most of our basic needs. Most of our staff are volunteers.

Q: How are you different from a church?
A: At Papa’s Pantry, we do not have worship services, a pastor, or a congregation. We are Christians who absolutely believe that every word in the bible has been written by God – and is true. We honor Him with our work in the community. At our location, we conduct bible studies and our life-skills workshops are based on biblical principals. It is our goal to work with local churches so they have a stable and reliable referral resource for families that are in need.

Q: What are your needs at this time?
A: -Funds: For Papa’s Pantry operations, outreach and training programs through The Master’s Training Center.
-Food Drives: Last year, we distributed approximately 48,000 pounds of food. Our warehouse comfortably holds approximately 5,000 pounds. This means that food drives are needed throughout the year!