Action Ministries Rome
Action Ministries Rome seeks to serve those in need of hunger relief in Floyd County through the provision of accessible pantries, agency partnerships, client education and referral services.
The Bagwell Food Pantry
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (closed Wednesdays)
The Faith Center Warehouse
207 East 19th St.
Through the work of volunteers, visitors are served with about two weeks worth of groceries. We serve an average of 30 to 40 families each day and distribute an average of more than 500,000 pounds of food each year. Each family receives a basic box of nonperishable food, which may include canned goods, breakfast items, rice, flour and peanut butter, as well as fresh produce, fresh or frozen meat, bread and sweets. Families with children under age 18 receive additional SNAP food. Our guests from Cancer Navigators or the AIDS Resources Council are given additional nutritional items such as Boost, Ensure or Gatorade, and they, along with veterans, are allowed to visit the pantry more frequently.
Visitors come to the pantry by referral. Our referral network spans Rome and Floyd County, with most of our referrals coming from Good Neighbor Ministry and downtown churches.
The Bagwell Food Pantry is named for Margaret Bagwell, founder of the original Crisis Food Pantry at South Broad United Methodist Church more than 30 years ago.
Journey Evening Pantry
4:30 to 6 p.m.
15 Redmond Court
The evening food pantry is open later in an effort to serve families with limited transportation and those who are working during the day.
Cancer Navigators Pantry
Open Mondays and Thursdays
10 a.m. until noon
West Rome UMC
1003 Shorter Avenue NW
In 2013, West Rome UMC partnered with Action Ministries Rome and Cancer Navigators to create the Cancer Navigators Pantry. Guests must be actively receiving cancer treatment and have a referral from Cancer Navigators. Guests can receive food every two weeks and also receive some additional items like Boost, Ensure or Gatorade. Cancer Navigator referrals may also come to the Bagwell Food Pantry, where a dedicated volunteer processes them immediately so that they do not have to wait in line for assistance, which could compromise their depleted immune systems.
During the school year, Backpack Buddies provides vulnerable children with a bag of “child-friendly” food that is discreetly placed in their backpacks on Friday afternoons with enough food to last them through the weekend. This program works with school counselors to identify children that receive free lunch and are coming in to school hungry on Monday mornings. The program is volunteer-driven, with church and civic groups adopting a school and committing to delivering the packed bags weekly.
In 2015, we partnered with Floyd County Seamless Summer and Smart Lunch, Smart Kid to continue Backpack Buddies through the summer. Each Friday, our Backpack Buddies bags were distributed at nine feeding sites.
Located behind the Faith Center Warehouse
In the summer of 2011, Second Avenue Baptist Church partnered with Action Ministries Rome to break ground on the first three raised garden beds and to begin planting the garden. The community comes together to create, plant, water and harvest gardens that will supplement the food distributed at our food pantries. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be picked from the plant and immediately distributed at the Bagwell Food Pantry.
In 2012, Comcast helped Action Ministries Rome to increase the capacity of the garden on Comcast Cares Day, and it now has 10 beds producing crops of seasonal vegetables. Several fruit-producing trees and bushes have also been added to the garden.
A partnership with Berry College is emerging to provide a gardening and nutrition educational experience. Our hope is that participants in the community garden develop the ability to grow fresh food at home.
Action Ministries Rome is the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s (ACFB) distribution center in Northwest Georgia. Through this important partnership, the Feeding Rome program of Action Ministries Rome facilitates the delivery of food to more than 20 regular and seasonal pantries and feeding programs. On delivery day each month, more than 100,000 pounds of food is brought from Atlanta to the Action Ministries Rome warehouse.
Our network of feeding programs includes affiliate partners, satellite pantries, pantry partners, cooperative pantries, and event pantry partners. Often our pantry partners have been mentored by Action Ministries Rome through the process of acquiring their own certificate with ACFB and on food pantry best practices. Those partners now order directly from ACFB and receive their deliveries at Action Ministries Rome.
SLSK provides summer lunches to children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.
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