Food Pantries help Coweta Families with Food, Financial Assistance and More

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By LATINA EMERSON, The Weekly Deal Finder

The rising costs of food, gas and other household items are making it difficult for some families to put food on the table and make ends meet. To help eliminate food insecurity and meet other basic needs, several nonprofit organizations, ministries and food pantries in Coweta County are providing free food, financial assistance, clothing, school supplies and more to local residents. 

“Thirty-three percent of the people we’re seeing right now since January are new to our services,” said Kelli Yeager-Nelson, executive director of BTG Community Outreach Inc. “Most people are telling us they just don’t have enough food in the house right now. The costs are just too high. Rising food costs and rising gasoline costs are definitely impacting people who are utilizing our services.”

In one recent food distribution, BTG Community Outreach Inc., also known as Bridging the Gap, served nearly 175 families.

“We see a large number of senior citizens who are on a fixed income. During COVID, we really started to see our senior numbers escalate. We also see a lot of families. Fifty-seven percent of the people we serve are single females, head of household, who work. She’s got two or three kids, and she takes care of one of her parents. It’s typically an intergenerational family. The majority of people who come to us work. They just don’t make enough to make ends meet. It’s even more difficult right now for them.” 

Learn more about available services being offered in Coweta County: 

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap, a faith-based organization also known as BTG Community Outreach Inc., offers weekly food distribution on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. The food boxes contain frozen meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, shelf stable items, bread, desserts and side items. Visitors should bring photo ID to receive the food pantry box. 

For those experiencing a food emergency on other days of the week, emergency bags with shelf stable foods are available. Additional services provided by Bridging the Gap include: 

  • Off-site food distribution is on Fridays at 4 p.m. at Kingdom Connected International Ministries, 121 Hillwood Circle in Newnan. 
  • Through the first week in August, local children can receive free lunches this summer from Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. at C.J. Smith Park. 
  • Bridging the Gap distributes food at Eastgate and Highland Apartments and in Palmetto and Grantville. 
  • Home delivery services, including food, clothing and household items, are available to individuals and families who are shut-in or lack transportation to receive services. 
  • Shower and laundry facilities are available each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All supplies are provided. 
  • Clothing and limited home furnishings and houseware are available. 
  • Case management and referrals to human services and other resources are provided. BTG can provide referrals to other organizations for those seeking assistance with transportation, utilities and rent expenses. 
  • Durable medical goods, such as bedside commodes, walkers with wheels and wheelchairs, are available based on supply. 
  • The homeless population is welcome. Hot meals aren’t being served right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but sandwiches and other food items are provided.

Bridging the Gap is at 19 First Ave. in Newnan. For more information, visit https://www.btgcommunity.org or call 770-683-9110. To be placed on the home delivery wait list, call 770-683-9110 or text 470-977-2870. For the latest updates, check the organization’s Facebook and Instagram accounts at BTG Community.

One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach 

One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach, a nonprofit organization, offers food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance. It operates the Coweta County Food Pantry, which is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Clients can come to the Coweta County Food Pantry twice a month to pick up a box filled with canned goods, breads, staples, fresh fruits and vegetables (as donated) and meat. The pantry also offers kid bags with peanut butter, jelly, cereal and snacks.

A thrift store bag sale is held on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Visitors can fill up one bag of clothing for $15. All proceeds go to support the mission. The thrift store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Financial assistance with utility bills, rent and emergency housing is also available. Those in need can come to the office to apply for financial assistance on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free counseling services are also offered to local residents, from children to seniors. To access this assistance, select the counseling services option on the voicemail prompt. Local residents can participate in support group therapy sessions, and free individual counseling is also available for a limited time. 

To help families prepare for the school year, One Roof is holding a back-to-school giveaway event on July 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students of all ages will receive backpacks with school supplies and books on a first come, first served basis. The event will include food and activities for kids. 

One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach is at 255 Temple Ave. in Newnan. For more information, visit https://oneroofoutreach.org, call 770-683-7705 or email [email protected].

Real Life Center

Real Life Center, a faith-based organization, offers a food pantry Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Each week, fresh fruits and vegetables are provided. Bread, baked goods and other items are given based on availability.

Once a month on Thursdays at 10 a.m., Real Life Center partners with Grace Evangelical Church for a Mobile Food Pantry, which is open to the public. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with no eligibility requirements. Food items may include vegetables, canned goods and baked goods. The next Mobile Food Pantry will be on July 21. Bring photo ID to receive the items.

Real Life Center offers a variety of other services, including financial assistance with mortgage and utility payments, a clothing closet, entrepreneurship assistance through the “Helping Hand” Grant Program, career and job coaching, and educational classes. To receive an appointment for a client assessment, call Real Life Center on Mondays or Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Bring a photo ID and proof of residency in Coweta or Fayette County.

Real Life Center is at 975 Hwy. 74 North, Building E in Tyrone, Ga. or call 770-631-9334. For more information, visit https://reallifecenter.org

Grace Evangelical Church is at 164 Flat Creek Trail in Fayetteville, Ga. For more information, visit https://reallifecenter.org/mobile-food-pantry/ or https://www.gracefayette.org/. In the event of inclement weather, check the website or call 770-631-9334 to find out if the Mobile Food Pantry is cancelled.

The Salvation Army Newnan

The Salvation Army Newnan has a food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon for Coweta County residents. To receive assistance, individuals must present a photo ID and complete required paperwork.  

The nonprofit organization also offers a variety of other services, including clothing, utility and rental/mortgage assistance. To receive financial assistance, call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

The Salvation Army Newnan is at 670 Jefferson St. in Newnan. To access the food pantry, visitors should go to the social services door. For more information, visit https://salvationarmygeorgia.org/newnan/ or call 770-251-8181. 

Alpha Omega Mission Center (AO House)

The Alpha Omega Mission Center (AO House), a ministry of First Baptist Church in Newnan and the Western Baptist Association, provides food and clothing. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Photo ID or proof of identity is required.

The Alpha Omega Mission Center is at 70 Madison St. in Newnan behind First Baptist Church (15 W. Washington St. in Newnan). For more information, visit https://www.fbcnewnan.org/missions/ao-mission-center/ or call 770-683-6477.

Yeager Road Community Resource Center

The Yeager Road Community Resource Center, a ministry of Newnan First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, has a Mobile Food Pantry on the second Saturday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. The food is available first come, first served. The upcoming dates for the Mobile Food Pantry are July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.

The Yeager Road Community Resource Center is at 265 Yeager Road in Newnan. For more information, visit https://yeagerrdresourcecenter.org/ or call 770-251-8378. 

Palmetto Community Food Pantry

Palmetto Baptist Church’s food pantry, the Palmetto Community Food Pantry, is open each Monday (including holidays) from 3 to 6 p.m. to citizens of Palmetto. Families in crisis can come once a month to receive a bag of food and a word of encouragement. Food donations are also available by appointment.

The Palmetto Community Food Pantry is at 548 Main St. in Palmetto, Ga. For more information, visit https://palmettobaptistchurch.com/ministry-opportunities/food-pantry or call 770-463-4642.

Backpack Buddies of Georgia

Backpack Buddies of Georgia is a nonprofit organization that supplies economically disadvantaged children in the Coweta County School System with food for the weekend. The nonprofit also provides holiday break bags to assist families during long school holidays. 

Each weekend bag includes two breakfast items, two lunch items, two fruit cups and a variety of snacks. 

Backpack Buddies is at 96 Werz Industrial Blvd. in Newnan. For more information, visit https://backpackbuddiesga.org or call 678-770-8618. 

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program is a federal program that helps eligible households pay for drinking water and wastewater for their home. Starting in July, those in need can sign up for an appointment. The program lasts through September.

Eligibility is based on income guidelines. Applicants must bring documents verifying household income, Social Security cards, valid photo ID and a recent copy of the household water bill. 

To make an appointment, visit Community Action for Improvement’s website at https://www.cafi-ga.org.

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