A Community Isolated From The Rest of The World
Greater Fulton has a robust, but difficult history. We are largely isolated from public services, without a public library, a public school, accessible public transit, a grocery store, and with only one sit-down restaurant. As a result, this means residents are left to figure out their own access to the most basic human needs: food, medicine, and employment.
Community organizing is what we know–it’s in our very roots. Our founder, Mary Lou Decossaux, was a community organizer that worked with the William Byrd House and that fought for the passage of a living wage ordinance for city employees and city public school educators. Our executive director Breanne Armbrust has been a community organizer since 1998, spending most of her time focused on advocacy around various socioeconomic issues, including housing justice and workers’ rights.
Since mid-March 2020, we’ve been laser-focused on getting to know our neighbors, by walking through the neighborhood and asking residents what they need the most.
As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, the need that’s most articulated right now is food. Community residents, like all of us, need to be able to eat. In light of the human service crisis that’s been created, we have decided to shift all of our efforts towards food access.
This includes the delivery of hot meals into the community as well as food pantry items. We also are working on plans to expand our current community and learning garden programs into community food justice/food access throughout Greater Fulton.
Stay tuned for more about our efforts as they unfold in these uncertain times.
If you’d like to support our work, please make a donation today by texting NRC2020 to 44-321 or here.
We are a 501(c)(3) non profit and all donations are tax-deductible.