Atlanta City Councilmember Antonio Brown launched a free meal program that will feed thousands of homeless people and senior citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some 15,000 meals a week will be distributed to CHRIS 180, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Safehouse Outreach and 19 senior living facilities throughout the city.
“We are facing a critical moment in our community,” Brown (photo) said in a press release. “This was organized to provide support to those in need. We want to help ensure as many people as possible are safe and have access to services.”
Brown is the only openly LGBTQ member of the council.
He partnered with a private philanthropic group and Gateway Gourmet, a company that provides boxed meals for airlines.
“The philanthropic group found out that Gateway Gourmet was going to lay off a ton of jobs,” he told Project Q Atlanta. “So they came together to fund those meals.”
The group’s effort saved 900 jobs, according to Brown.
Gateway Gourmet will deliver meals to the non-profits. Atlanta-based A-National Limousine Service will deliver meals to the senior living facilities.
“The A-National Limousine Service family is honored to be working with Councilmember Antonio Brown and other volunteers to help provide meals for our most vulnerable and valued citizens — our seniors,” owner Darrell Anderson said in the press release.
The first batch of meals were delivered on Tuesday, according to Brown.
“It speaks volumes to the work that people are doing to support one another,” he said. “I just think it’s such a beautiful thing.”