Explore our healthy living programs
We care deeply about the health and well being of our fellow citizens. One crucial component of health is the food that Clarkston residents eat. For years the Clarkston Community Center has dedicated itself to creating a space for fresh, healthy food to be grown, donated, and distributed, in order to promote healthy living among all of our neighbors.
One of our goals is to be a source of nutritious food for low-income Clarkston residents and to build intercultural relationships and a stronger community around food. Clarkston Community Food Co-operative members receive food once a month from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and other local food organizations. The Community Center purchases to food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and brings it to the Center for distribution.
When people are in need, emergency assistance with food and necessities coupled with education and skill development improves their ability to overcome life’s challenges.
The Food Pantry opened in September 2011 and provides low-income families with food twice a month. Naturally grown foods from the Community Center Garden are also provided to supplement canned and packaged foods.
Our Community Garden includes 28 plots where residents grow their own food. Since January of 2012, volunteers have helped to plant and maintain a large plot specifically to provide fresh, local foods to Clarkston residents in need.
Volunteers are always needed to help take care of the Community garden, which is planted with fresh vegetables and herbs.
Uniquely edible landscape
With a vision for the future, CCC partnered with the CDF and Edible Yard and Garden, and in April 2011 began to implement a plan for a mixed orchard and edible landscape area designed to produce an abundance of food for years to come.
Planted on the grounds of the Clarkston Community Center on unused and reclaimed acreage, our Food Forest and edible landscape area include fruit trees and shrubs, perennial vegetable plants and herbs. The Food Forest is one of the first of its kind on community property in Georgia.
Clarkston Community Center is also proud to offer a wide range of classes for all walks of life. Don't miss the opportunity to share in our weekly and special events.