Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) is a Partner Distribution Organization of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a network member of Feeding America. We jointly serve people in Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin and Union counties. We rescue unsaleable and surplus food, and transport it to our 22,000 sq. ft. warehouse located in Gainesville, Georgia. Feeding partners in the area receive more than 50% of the product they distribute to the public from GMFB. With warehouse loading docks, refrigerated and frozen storage, GMFB is equipped to both recieve donations and distribute/deliver products. We have three refrigerated vehicles to transport the food.
The warehouse is open to receive donations from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. We can accept donations of fresh produce, shelf-stable food (up to one year past the "Sell By" date, meat - frozen or fresh -kept to proper temperatures, household items, personal care items (toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.) To learn more please visit https://www.gamountainfoodbank.org/how-you-can-help/
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.