Ponce & Peachtree - April 2019

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 29, No. 4 • APRIL 2019 Atlanta Community Food Bank Is Building New Headquarters Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Delivers Second State of the City Address Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms At her second State of the City address, March 13, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the City of Atlanta will create a Department of Transportation to consolidate work being done across several departments, in an effort to streamline efficiency and better serve residents and businesses. “I am proud to announce plans to create Atlanta’s first dedicated Depart- ment of Transportation, a one-stop shop to better deliver for our city’s mobility future,” said Mayor Bottoms. Currently, transportation work is performed by the Department of Public Works, which fixes roads; The Depart- ment of City Planning, which envisions ways roads can better accommodate com- munities; and Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST, which is making long-term investments in Atlanta’s transportation future. Continued on page 4 April 22nd Volunteers are among the many key community elements for success in Atlanta’s premier institution to fight hunger throughout the Metro. Back in late January one of the great humanitarian institutions in the extended metro area, Atlanta Community Food Bank, broke ground for a new headquar- ters. Founded in 1979 by Georgia Tech alumnus Bill Bolling, the Food Bank is legendary for fulfilling its mission “to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.” For years the institution’s main facility has been at 732 Joseph E. Lowry Blvd. Atlanta 30318. It’s grown so much in its good work that a second building next door at 970 Jefferson Street expanded the opera- tions. Presently work is underway for a needed new Food Bank HQ at the inter- section of Redwine Road and Desert Drive in East Point. It will be easily accessible through MARTA bus routes and I-285. The new building is expected to open this summer or spring 2020 at the latest. It will mark the start of a new chapter for Atlanta Community Food Bank, huge in its out- reach and continuing to grow. Atlanta Food Bank is respected as the backbone of the extended metro area’s nonprofit hunger relief system. Continued on page 6