Dunwoody Teen Collects Over 1,000 Pounds of Food, Partners With Community Assistance Center (CAC)

Front Porch Food Drive, an up-and-coming organization started by Dunwoody teen Sarah Menis, reached two milestones this week — collecting more than 1,000 pounds of food for local food pantries, and partnering with the Community Assistance Center (CAC) to expand the reach of the food drives’ impact.

Front Porch Food Drive collects non-perishable items directly from people’s homes, making it easy for people to give whatever is in their pantries. Each week, Menis leaves brown grocery bags on neighbors’ front porches with a flyer explaining her mission and a list of the food pantry’s most-needed items. A few days later, she picks up the filled bags and delivers them to CAC.

“This is an incredible story of a teenager seeing a need, asking ‘what can I do about it?’, then taking concrete action to do it,” shares Francis K. Horton III, CEO of CAC. “Sarah is an example of the incredible resources we have in our community; partnering with her and Front Porch Food Drive helps us meet the increasing needs of our clients.”

As the cost of living increases, CAC and other food pantries are struggling under an increased demand for food. CAC feeds more than 1,000 families a month from three food pantry locations. Last year, they saw a 48% increase in food pantry clients, with the majority of new clients being employed full time. CAC’s supplemental food program helps families keep food on the table during a financial crisis and frees up funds in the budget to cover other essentials like food or insurance.

“So many people are in need right now and this is such an easy way to have a huge impact on your community. I’m so excited for this to grow because it’s going to help so many people,” says Menis. Her program will provide the grocery bags and customized flyers to anyone wanting to do their own drive and will coordinate delivery to one of CAC’s food pantries.

Menis and CAC plan to grow the organization through others doing front porch food drives in neighborhoods throughout Dunwoody, expanding into neighboring Sandy Springs and the Perimeter area. Through the partnership, high school teens can earn community service hours. Anyone, from church and temple groups to families with kids, are encouraged to volunteer.

If you’re interested in doing a Front Porch Food Drive, email sarahmenis@frontporchfooddrive.com or go to www.frontporchfooddrive.com. Follow Sarah on Instagram at @frontporchfooddrive.

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About Front Porch Food Drive

Founded by high school student Sarah Menis, Front Porch Food Drive is a food collection organization that facilitates food drives to decrease food insecurity for local families in need. Partnering with the Community Assistance Center (CAC), Front Porch Food Drive uses volunteers to deliver grocery bags straight to people’s homes, asks them to fill the bags with non-perishable items, picks the filled bags up, and delivers them to a CAC food pantry for distribution. With just over 1,000 pounds collected in total, Front Porch Food Drive’s goal is to reach 1,000 pounds of donated food a month through a growing volunteer base, providing almost 200 meals a week to prevent hunger in our community. Learn more at www.frontporchfooddrive.com

About the Community Assistance Center (CAC)

CAC is the primary human services organization for neighbors in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody that are facing financial hardships or unexpected emergencies. Founded in 1987, CAC prevents homelessness and alleviates hunger by providing basic needs assistance (food, clothing, and financial assistance) while continuously engaging clients to work towards greater self-sufficiency. CAC also provides supportive services for youth (summer lunches, school supplies, winter coats, holiday gifts), offers adult education classes, and facilitates employment through its career center. In 2023, CAC assisted 8,599 neighbors and prevented 962 evictions. Learn more at www.ourcac.org.


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