Lutheran Community Food Ministry

Lutheran Community Food Ministry

The Lutheran Community Food Ministry (LCFM) serves our Midtown neighbors experiencing food insecurity and/or confronting unstable housing options. We provide a hot meal in a safe and friendly environment to anyone in need.  The LCFM is open every Monday through Friday from 10:30 am until 11:30 am.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Lutheran Community Food Ministry is still serving lunch from 10:30 – 11:30 am.  However, we are serving “to go” lunches due to the restrictions on the number of people who can gather inside at one time.

Redeemer’s COVID-19 Task Force approved these LCFM Guidelines for Volunteers During COVID-19, effective 02/05/21.  Please read them before volunteerring with us in the food ministry.

I'm hungry. How can I eat lunch at the LCFM?

All you need to do is arrive at our 4th Street side entrance any Monday through Friday between 10:30 and 11:30 am.  Look for the heavy red doors with a large LCFM sign over them.

Redeemer, the church that houses the LCFM, is located at the corner of Peachtree Street and 4th Street. It is accessible by MARTA Bus and MARTA Train. The closest train station is North Avenue.

There are no requirements to satisfy in order to eat lunch at the LCFM and you can come for as long as you need.

Everyone is welcome regardless of their faith tradition (including no faith), race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or background. God’s love for you is unconditional!

We just ask that you refrain from abusive language or fighting while you are having lunch with us.

We look forward to serving you soon!

Does the LCFM have a food pantry?

No, the LCFM does not maintain a food pantry.

Does the LCFM have a clothing closet?

The LCFM does not have the space for a permanent clothing closet. From time to time, however, we receive donations of clothing items like socks, t-shirts, and winter coats. We distribute those items when we have enough to share.

Where does the LCFM get the food it serves?

Most of the food served by the LCFM is donated to us through our partnership with  Second Helpings Atlanta a nonprofit that rescues unused food from stores, events and business dining rooms around the city.  For example, the LCFM receives regular donations from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Coca-Cola, Hello Fresh, Publix and other area locations.

The LCFM receives funding provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Department of Community Development CSP Program.

We also receive funding from other churches and individual donors, all of which are essentional to our mission.

How do I volunteer on a serving team at the LCFM?

Volunteers play a vital role in many aspects of the LCFM. There’s no requirement to be a Redeemer member to volunteer.  Indeed, some of our most faithful volunteers are not members.

Traditionally, someone interested in working in the kitchen would join a monthly serving team.  Each weekday of the month has a different serving team. For example, you might agree to serve on the “Third Friday” team and you would volunteer on the third Friday of every month.  If you aren’t able to serve every month, you can be a substitute and fill in when there is a cancellation that suits your schedule.

The volunteer shift begins at 9:30 am.  From 9:30 – 10:30, volunteers help prepare the meal.  At 10:30 am, our neighbors arrive and we serve them their meal from a counter.  The LCFM closes its doors at 11:30 am and volunteers are free to leave. Kitchen staff handles the clean-up duties.

There are a number of Metro Atlanta Lutheran churches who have monthly serving teams.  Some have been coming for almost 40 years.  We are named the Lutheran Community Food Ministry because we wouldn’t be able to staff the operations without our partner churches in the Atlanta community.

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at redeemerfoodministry@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering with us.  We look forward to having you on the team.

Can I just show up during LCFM serving hours and volunteer?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate walk-in volunteers.

What is the link to the LCFM Amazon Wish List where I can purchase items to be shared with our neighbors?

LCFM Amazon Wish List contains our regular list of food items for our “to go” meals.

If you select “Gift Options” when making a purchase, Amazon will send a free gift note in your package that will allow Redeemer to properly acknowledge your donation.

What is the history of the LCFM?

Established in 1982, the LCFM has served over two million meals with the help of volunteers from 60 Metro Atlanta churches, businesses, organizations, and schools.

In January 1982, Redeemer was asked by St Luke Episcopal Church if we would serve as an overflow warming location for members of the homeless population who they were serving. Members of Redeemer were soon volunteering in Zittrouer Hall and serving pimento cheese sandwiches and coffee to our new guests. The Social Ministry (now called Community Engagement) recommended a one-month pilot program for 50 guests, which was approved by Congregation Council. Redeemer is now over 450 months into the pilot program we call the Lutheran Community Food Ministry.

Over our almost four decades of service, most every Lutheran church in Metro Atlanta has had some involvement with the LCFM. Several churches have sent volunteers every month for our entire history. The LCFM values our relationships with our partner churches as their members make up a large segment of our monthly volunteers.

Traditionally, the LCFM focused on providing a hot lunch each weekday to our unsheltered neighbors in need. In the last several years, we have expanded our ministry to include a “Market Day” with donated groceries from the Midtown Atlanta Whole Foods for our senior neighbors next door at Lutheran Towers. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have begun delivering 50 meals per day to Lutheran Towers. Additionally, the LCFM provides donated groceries to the Students’ Temporary Assistance and Resources (STAR) Services  at Georgia Tech.

What if I would like more information?

Email your question to redeemerfoodministry@gmail.com.

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