Pop-Up Food Markets, organized by Floyd County Schools with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help those in need, drawing 400 people per month.

Pop-Up Food Markets, organized by Floyd County Schools with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help those in need, drawing 400 people per month.

The next pop-up food market, hosted by Floyd County Schools’ Child Nutrition, is Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Model High School. In conjunction with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the pop-up market guarantees “every family goes home with around 50 pounds of food. Fresh fruits and veggies, dry goods, bakery items, meats, etc. No income levels, no requirements.”

Donna Carver, the school system’s Child Nutrition Director, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Wednesday. The pop-up markets do not cost the school system a dime, she says, and “anyone breathing” can stop in for groceries if they need assistance.

The first market, held at Pepperell High, drew a surprising 700 people, she says. They were expected 200 at most.

Since then, the markets have drawn an average of 400 people each month. Some are surprised by what they take home such as pork tenderloins, sausages and other goods.

Click the above SoundCloud file to hear the nine-minute interview.

 

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