in the lives of others

Our Story

The Atlanta Community Food Bank introduced the Food Security Group model by asking Rev. Chad Hale, the founder of Urban Recipe, (formerly Georgia Avenue Community Ministries) to expand the emergency food pantry concept by bringing food into a community where transformative relationships are built through regularly meeting and sharing the ups and downs of life together. By 2008 GACM had five groups, which were called food co-ops. In 2011, Dr. Bob Lupton wrote Toxic Charity, which praised the model as fostering community, accountability and self-sufficiency which greatly increased interest on the national level.

Food Security for America began in 2010 as a program of  Urban Recipe, to expand the model throughout Georgia and nationally. In 2012 FSA became a separate 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Today we operate Food Security Groups in Georgia and continue to grow across the U.S. by training non-profit, faith-based organizations, and Title One schools to operate their own Food Security Groups.

Will you bring food and supportive relationships to a family?