In June and July, we are filling the Outreach Baskets for Midtown Assistance Center. Here are some suggestions if you're not sure what to donate.
The most requested items are:
Canned chicken noodle soup • Peanut butter & jelly •
Breakfast/snack bars • Cereal • Canned meat
Other items to keep the food pantry stocked include:
Canned chicken, salmon, tuna
Chicken and dumplings
mac & cheese
Canned spinach/ sweet potatoes
Powdered juice mix
Peanut butter and jelly
Pancake mix and syrup
Hamburger or Tuna Helper
Lima, baked and pinto beans
Chicken noodle soup
Hygiene (shampoo, soap, deodorant, lotion etc.)
MAC has very little refrigerator or freezer space, so shelf stable items work best
Midtown Assistance Center (MAC)
In 1986, St. Luke’s joined four other Midtown Atlanta congregations to strengthen the safety net for the working poor in our neighborhoods. The idea was to coordinate some of their outreach efforts under one organization. Each congregation believed that many services offered to the impoverished in Midtown were being duplicated by other congregations. Knowing that using their resources more efficiently would enable them to offer better service to more people, these congregations created the Midtown Assistance Center (MAC), a federally recognized, non-profit organization, qualifying under 501(c)(3) regulations.
The Center opened with the mission of helping to sustain the working poor through a temporary financial crisis by providing assistance with rent, utilities, food, work shoes, tools, and public transportation. When MAC opened its doors, the center operated with a corps of volunteers and a part-time director. As the need for MAC’s services grew, it soon became necessary to hire a full-time executive director to run the program. Dorothy Chandler has served in that position since 1994.
More than three decades later, the Midtown Assistance Center has the support of eleven congregations as well as the Midtown Alliance, many businesses, foundations, individuals, government entities, and volunteers. Members of its board of directors represent a cross section of the community.
Although much has changed at the Midtown Assistance Center since 1986, its mission has remained the same: to provide emergency assistance to the working poor of Midtown and downtown Atlanta to prevent homelessness and hunger during periods of crisis.
There are lots of ways to help MAC. For more information about how to get involved at the Midtown Assistance Center, visit www.midtownassistancectr.org.