“My neighbor knew we needed food and brought me to Malachi’s,” said Tracey. “If we didn’t have the pantry, I’d probably have to work three jobs.”

Malachi’s Storehouse, a partner agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, provides groceries for 250 families like Tracey’s each week. Tracey works at a restaurant in the evenings, but doesn’t always have the financial resources to feed herself, her mother and her son, Kenny. “The food we get at the pantry is wonderful,” said Tracey. “We get meats, orange juice, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, dairy and fresh produce. It’s a tremendous help when you have a growing boy in the house. He eats everything!” Kenny is, in his own words, “a big fan of the outdoors.” He enjoys cooking over an open fire on camping trips with his Boy Scout troop and loves vegetables. His favorites are roasted asparagus and carrots.

Paying it Forward
“If I had the chance to talk with someone who supports the Food Bank and the pantries, I would thank them,” said Tracey. “Because of you, we have the means to survive and move on with our lives.”

Tracey now volunteers at the pantry every Wednesday. “I was so grateful – I wanted to pay it forward,” she said. “It’s a great feeling to know that you can help somebody else.” When Kenny needed service hours for his troop, he began volunteering with his mom. He’s known at the pantry as a hard worker who takes initiative. Tracey and Kenny also walked in the Food Bank’s Hunger Walk/Run last year. “We’re hoping to be there again this year,” she said.