Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Kids in Need

School supply stockpile
Illustration by Studio Muti

Kids from lower-income families face a host of struggles at school. Not having supplies to complete assignments is one of the most basic challenges. The Atlanta Community Food Bank, best known for supplying food to nonprofits throughout North Georgia, created Kids in Need to furnish teachers with supplies to distribute to students. Operating year-round from a cheerily decorated warehouse on the Westside, Kids in Need distributes hundreds of thousands of pounds of pencils, paper, binders, and other essentials to teachers in seventeen systems, including Clayton, Cobb, Fulton, and Hall counties. To qualify, teachers must work at schools where at least 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.