Childhood Hunger Initiatives

What happens when a child faces hunger? 1 in 5 kids in Georgia are at risk for hunger meaning they may struggle in school – and beyond. The Georgia Food Bank Association leads the fight to end childhood hunger in Georgia.  We educate the public and low income parents about the programs that provide food to hungry kids.

Children facing hunger are more likely to:

Repeat a grade in elementary school

Experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills

Have more social and behavioral problems

Be hospitalized and have health conditions like anemia and asthma

Learn more about how COVID has impacted food insecurity for Georgia’s children and how you can help.

Our advocacy efforts at the state and federal level protect those programs and expand their reach through streamlined rules and regulations.  Our member food banks create a “community of practice” to share best practices and innovative ideas with other nonprofit organizations to accelerate the growth of programs throughout the state.

GFBA member food banks operate programs for children that provide food in “out of school” settings like summer meal sites, after-school enrichment programs, and weekend backpacks. Everyone has a role to play to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry in Georgia. We work together with public officials, nonprofits, community and faith-based groups, private funders and businesses to increase the availability and access to nutritious food for children in Georgia where they live, play and learn.

Learn more about the impact of hunger here.

Our Partners:


The Arby’s Foundation has been a critically important partner in this work in Georgia since 2012, providing more than $3 million to increase the capacity of summer meal providers (SFSP/SSO) who provide meals to children that depend on free and reduced price lunch during the school year.

Summer Meals Information:

  • Summer Food Service Fact Sheet

After School Meals Information:

General Information: