Partner agencies pick up food ordered from the food bank inventory. The agencies “shop” via electronic e-harvest from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, as well as select product from the Georgia Mountain Food Bank facility. These agencies include pantries, kitchens and shelters in northeast Georgia.
Sorting and packing food from food drives and grocery store salvage is a vital component of the food banking process. The Volunteer Action Center is a very visible area. Community volunteers and groups participate by screening incoming food donated and sorting. The Volunteer Action Center is a great place for organizations, large and small, to hold team-building exercises and a staging area for community outreach programs.
Distributing fresh produce, milk, cheese and other refrigerated items to hungry people is absolutely essential to improving nutrition in our community. The cold storage unit provides enough space for a forklift to easily move pallets in and out. With this cooler space, Georgia Mountain Food Bank does not have to turn away truck loads of donated product because we lack the cooler space to store it. This area allows GMFB the capacity to hold 160 pallets of refrigerated food!
GMFB's drive-in freezer allows us to provide more nutritional options for our partner agencies and the people in need that they serve. It is vital to have freezer space to store poultry and other meats, frozen fruits and vegetables and dairy products. The drive-in freezer allows plenty of room for a forklift to move food in and out and allows GMFB the capacity to hold 160 frozen pallets of food. We can even adjust the temperature of the cold storage unit in order to transition it into a larger freezer if surplus food arrives at GMFB that needs to be frozen. By storing product at -2 degrees, GMFB is able to use the freezer to preserve even more foods supplied by retail stores and donors.
“Withdrawing food” from Georgia Mountain Food Bank should be as convenient as possible for partner agencies. Distribution docks attached to the Agency Distribution Center provide a safe & efficient means for partner agencies to get the food into their vehicles. Our receiving and distribution docks are spacious with over 1,500 square feet of dry storage space with structural steel pallet racking.
Since October of 2008, GMFB has received millions if pounds of food and product. Most of that food comes in on large trucks and the receiving docks ensure that the food moves efficiently from the trucks to the receiving and storage areas in the warehouse.
Georgia Mountain Food Bank is currently delivering fresh food and product to partner agencies in Lumpkin and Union counties. With increased storage capacity in the facility, GMFB needs adequate refrigerated transportation and experienced drivers to get the fresh food and produce to the rural areas. As the number of partner agencies and feeding organizations increase in more rural areas, the number of deliveries needed is increasing as well.
The meeting room is used for volunteer training, community meetings, agency advisory meetings, product training and board meetings. The room is equipped with presentation and sound equipment. Also, the room has been furnished to accommodate meal service for a variety of group sizes.
GMFB's outdoor community garden is located on the side of Boomershine Logistics Facility. Its main purpose is to serve as an educational tool to teach about food, nutrition, cultivation and to show where our food comes from. The community garden also provides the opportunity to add fresh produce to people in need through agency distribution.