Two of Georgia’s most established nonprofits dedicated to fighting homelessness and hunger have officially joined together after approval from both Boards of Directors. While the new combined organization will operate under the HOPE Atlanta name, all of the programs initiated by Action Ministries — including Smart Lunch Smart Kid, SuperPacks, and Feed the Hungry Food Boxes — will continue.
In short: so that we can better serve Georgians in need. With our similar visions and missions, we are stronger together. Now that we’re one organization, we’ll be able to achieve our goals more effectively.
Reducing overhead and duplication saves money and frees up more resources to use towards our programming—helping more families and individuals in need. We are now more resilient, with greater capacity to meet the burgeoning demand for hunger and homelessness services throughout Metro Atlanta and across Georgia.
Founded in 1900 to assist low-income workers arriving in Atlanta, HOPE Atlanta provides individualized support and resources to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, including particularly vulnerable populations like veterans and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Action Ministries was founded in 1963 to address poverty challenges in Georgia, focusing on food insecurity among children and families. Thanks to strong community support and volunteerism, its programs (like Smart Lunch Smart Kid, Super Packs, and Feed the Hungry Food Boxes) provide more than 2 million meals annually.
All hunger and homelessness programs that existed under Action Ministries and HOPE Atlanta continue, but with greater efficacy and impact. Both organizations have rich histories of serving families and individuals experiencing or at-risk of hunger and homelessness. Our programs are highly complementary, and we are continuing to carry out our missions.
While the programs and legacy of Action Ministries will live on, we are now operating under a single name: HOPE Atlanta. Action Ministries’ program names (Smart Lunch Smart Kid, Super Packs, Feed the Hungry Food Box Network, Trinity Table, etc.) will remain the same.
For decades, Action Ministries has served as a vehicle for people of faith to put their faith into action in the community. The unified organization will maintain Action’s ties to the United Methodist Church and is fully committed to ensuring this relationship is strong and meets the needs of local congregations. Further, we will seek to advance Action Ministries’ goal of developing relationships with diverse faith communities across Georgia.
Neither HOPE Atlanta nor Action Ministries have ever required acts of faith or religious activities as a condition of employment or service. That will not change.
In the face of COVID-19 and increasing demand for services, your support is needed now more than ever. We’ll continue to use your donation to provide much-needed housing and hunger relief assistance to individuals in Metro Atlanta and across Georgia.
Yes! We rely on volunteers to pack and serve meals for food-insecure Georgians. People and groups can sign up to volunteer in-person, and there are also ways to volunteer from your own home or office. Visit our volunteer page to learn more about opportunities, sign up to volunteer, contact our volunteer coordinators, and see COVID-19 precautions and guidelines.
We are providing services in all 31 counties that both Action Ministries and HOPE Atlanta previously served.
We currently have two headquarters: Downtown (34 Peachtree St) and Brookhaven (1700 Century Circle). We are working to evaluate office space and case management intake needs and streamline field offices to provide the best possible experience for the clients and communities we serve.
The new combined organization has offered meaningful roles to virtually all (95%) of both organizations’ employees. Only a small number of positions have been eliminated, and those impacted were offered generous severance and benefits packages.
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