HOPE Atlanta takes over Food Pantry operation in Rome

April 11th, 2022 – 2:30 PM

Press Release –

HOPE Atlanta closed on a transaction with Northwest Georgia Hunger Ministries, Inc.
resulting in the transfer of operation of Bagwell Food Pantry previously operated by Action Ministries,
Inc. The region of Northwest Georgia has one of the highest rates of hunger and food insecurity in the
state and Northwest Georgia Hunger Ministries, Inc. is a faith-based organization newly formed
exclusively to address this growing need in the area.

Founded in 1900, HOPE Atlanta is Metro Atlanta’s leading organization dedicated to fighting
homelessness and hunger. In early 2021, it combined operations with Action Ministries, Inc. which
included the Bagwell Food Pantry in Rome which has been serving the region for over 30 years by
providing critical food and nutrition resources. HOPE Atlanta will continue to offer housing support to
those experiencing or at risk of homelessness throughout the region. “We are delighted to have been
able to entrust the future of Bagwell Food Pantry to a locally-based organization like Northwest Georgia
Hunger Ministries, Inc. who will be able to maintain the critical operations necessary to address growing
hunger insecurity in the region,” said Rocky Atkins, Board Chair of HOPE Atlanta. “We look forward to
creating a strong partnership to offer a more complete source of relief to our mutual clients in the

“The Bagwell Food Pantry is a critical provider of quality food and nutrition and is dedicated to
alleviating food insecurity throughout Northwest Georgia. All employees of Bagwell have been retained
to ensure no interruption of service to our community during the transition. We serve over 200 families
every week, pack and deliver 1600 packages of food to the city and county schools and work with
Cancer Navigators to supplement the nutritional needs of cancer patients — just to name a few of our
key initiatives,” said Jason Willis, Executive Director of Northwest Georgia Hunger Ministries.
“Northwest Georgia Hunger Ministries is committed to meeting the food insecurity needs of our
community more fully than ever, including moving to a larger facility in North Rome and opening a client
a choice pantry that better meets the needs of our clients.”

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