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. The of the 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.
Clarkston Community Center Food Pantry
When people are in need, emergency food assistance coupled with education and skill development improves the ability to overcome life’s challenges. Food is distributed based on how many people there are in the families. The Food Pantry opened in September 2011 and provides low-income families with food twice a month. The pantry is possible through a partnership with the Clarkston United Methodist Church, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Hands On Atlanta, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Naturally grown foods that are fresh and nutritious are grown in the Community Center Garden and supplement the canned foods.
Clarkston Community Center Gardens
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.
Food Forest & 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 a previously unused hillside and on reclaimed acreage, the Food Forest and edible landscape area near the Center’s main building 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.