We sincerely thank you for your interest in serving Atlanta’s people in need. As providers of services to these groups 24/7, year-round, we are committed to helping them in ways that lead to changed lives and lasting self-sufficiency. 

In our experience, the best way to assist people in need is through places with sanitary kitchens, safe shelter, and services that help them address their problems and move forward in their lives.  By contrast, feeding and donating to people on our streets is not a long term solution.  We find that many people become dependent on these activities, leading them to stay on the streets instead of seeking the help and support that they truly need.  Street feedings also pose public health risks for those being fed and sanitation problems for the City.

Rather than feeding or donating to individuals on Atlanta’s streets, please consider directing your generosity to one of the great organizations working tirelessly to improve the lives of people in need in our communities.  Whether you wish to volunteer in a kitchen, provide hands-on support, or give food and other resources—there are plenty of opportunities to partner with a local organization that shares your mission.

With your help, we can find long term solutions.

In service,

Members of Atlanta's Clergy and Service-Providing Organizations

Supporting Churches and Organizations include:

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, Atlanta First United Methodist Church, Atlanta Mission, Atlanta Recovery Center, Big Bethel AME Church Inc., Covenant House, Crossroads Community Ministries, FCS Urban Ministries, Fourth Ward West Neighborhood Association, Gateway Center, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Love Thy Neighbor in Service, Inc., Lutheran Services of Georgia, SafeHouse Outreach, St. Joseph's Mercy Care, St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Trinity Community Ministries, The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, True Light Baptist Church, United Way of Greater Atlanta.

This schedule provides details on where the hungry and homeless of Atlanta can receive each meal of each day in a dignified, Health Department licensed environment.  These locations also offer opportunities for the homeless to build ongoing connections through their daily meals that can lead to more holistic services. Most of these organizations will accept volunteers and donations of food and other resources. For a list of a full-range of service providers and how you can assist them, please see below.

See coverage of Partner for Hope and our efforts to redirect generosity toward long term solutions in the AJC.

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Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Inc.

75 Peachtree Place NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ACSS seeks individual and group volunteers aged 18 or older who are interested in: preparing and serving lunch meals for its homeless clients, sorting and distributing clothing donations, helping clients build resumes, or providing administrative support.

404-874-8001 x. 1120

Atlanta Mission, The Shepherd's Inn


165 Ivan Allen Blvd NW, Atlanta, Ga 30313

Programs at The Shepherd’s Inn are designed to solve the problem of homelessness one person at a time, by extending the love, compassion and hope found in Christ.  They start by offering a warm place to sleep, a hot meal and an environment where staff can engage each person to hear their story. Their shelter programs may help a man secure a job, find a transitional housing solution or enter a recovery program to address life controlling issues that feed the cycle of homelessness.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways, including providing food and serving meals to the Mission's residents.

Contact Ivan Rouse about partnering with The Shepherd's Inn at Ivan.Rouse@atlantamission.org.

Atlanta Mission, My Sister’s House


921 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30318

Atlanta Mission Women’s and Children’s services are provided at My Sister’s House, a 264 bed facility that offers overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs for homeless women and women with children.

Clothing Closet Organizers are needed Mondays & Wednesdays (10:00-12:00, or 2:00-4:00).  Groups of 2-10 people can participate. 

Meal Service Volunteers are needed Mondays (10:30-1:30) to assist with lunch.

Melissa Clayton at melissa.clayton@atlantamission.org or (404) 367-2473.

Atlanta Recovery Center

169 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Volunteers can bring prepared meals to serve to adult men residing in Atlanta Recovery Center’s transitional program. Donations of clean clothing sorted by size and gender are also accepted. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Derek Boyd, Director:  dboyd0064@bellsouth.net
Russell Dotson, Operations Manager
Fred Sullivan, Operations Manager

Back on My Feet

50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30303

Back on My Feet is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Back on My Feet works with three local facilities – Trinity House at Big Bethel, the Gateway Center for the Homeless, and Salvation Army. Volunteers are needed to run with our teams on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings at 5:30am (Trinity House) or 5:45am (Gateway and Salvation Army).

Tiffany Brennaman at Tiffany.Brennaman@backonmyfeet.org or (404) 263.1239 or click “Get Involved” on the website.

Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

48 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning Sandwich Ministry volunteers can assist in making and delivering sandwiches to the church. Sandwiches must be meat and cheese only (no condiments), please call the Shrine Office to arrange donation delivery to ensure a representative will be onsite. Saint Francis’ Table volunteers assist in distributing soup, breads, sweets, pizza and other items to hungry individuals, as well as cleanup after service.

Contact: 404-521-1866

Central Outreach & Advocacy Center

201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, www.centraloac.org

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Central Outreach & Advocacy Center assists nearly 10,000 men, women, and children each year in avoiding or overcoming homelessness and advocates with and for them for positive changes in our community.

Volunteers can donate sandwiches or snack bags to share with our guests for basic needs services or could provide lunch and eat with our job readiness students.

Central OAC also regularly accepts donations to distribute to our guests of hygiene items, socks and blankets.  Volunteers at Central OAC help by doing one-on-one intake with guests for basic needs services, serving as mentors in our job readiness program, and helping with administrative work.

Contact: Alicia Wilson, Director of Case Management Services at awilson@centraloac.org or 404-601-3173.

Covenant House Georgia


Each night, hundreds of homeless youth throughout the city of Atlanta go to bed hungry. Here at Covenant House Georgia, we have been blessed with the opportunity to provide Atlanta’s homeless youth ages 18 - 21 with hope, sanctuary, and a hot meal before bedtime. As we continue to increase our capacity to serve more and more youth, we are in need of volunteers to Prepare and Share a Meal with our youth. This is a wonderful opportunity for families, corporate groups, church groups and individuals to impact the lives of homeless teens.

To sign up for our Prepare and Share a Meal program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kaylah Walker, at 404-589-0899 or KWalker@covenanthouse.org

Crossroads Community Ministries Inc.

420 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30308

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers for Crossroads Community Ministries serve homeless guests a hot meal every weekday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Additional volunteer opportunities are available on Crossroads Community Ministries’ website.

Stan Dawson

Gateway Center

275 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Gateway Center is designed to serve as the “gateway” to the community continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness.  Volunteers can serve seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Individual or group volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session, which is held monthly at Gateway Center.  Individual and group volunteer opportunities include: chapel services, clothing closet assistance, computer lab supervision, GED tutoring, children’s activities, meal preparation, and painting.

Jason Tatum, 404.215.6604 or jtatum@gatewayctr.org 

Love Thy Neighbor in Service, Inc.

55 Fairlie Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Love Thy Neighbor in Service, Inc. seeks to help people move from chaos to stability. They partner with men and women in order to help them better their situation through one on one counseling where they look at the partner's goals and help them achieve them. 

Volunteers can help contribute to their clothing closet, provide lunch on Thursdays, do counseling with men on Mondays and with women on Tuesdays.  They provide financial assistance for a Marta card to look for a job or medical reasons. They give money also for temporary housing, I. D. cards, transportation costs of relocating, clothes for work, etc.  

To donate resources or volunteer, contact Coordinator, Al Elmore at alelmore3@gmail.com or call (678) 379-7908

SafeHouse Outreach

89 Ellis Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Impact Service and dinner every night at 6:30 p.m.


SafeHouse Outreach breaks the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up, not just a hand-out. Volunteers can serve dinner at Nightly Impact Services beginning at 6:30, help out in the office Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00, mentor an at-risk child, or assist with any of our events. Go to www.safehouseoutreach.org for more info.

Joe McCutchen

Trinity Community Ministries

21 Bell Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Trinity Community Ministries exists to help homeless men reclaim their lives and return to their families and communities as mentors and leaders.

Whether you’re an individual with a corporate or church group or simply a gathering of friends interested in making a true difference in the lives of others, they have a range of opportunities for one or many to contribute. You may find that you leave with much more than you walked in with, as the transformational experiences generated at Trinity House-Big Bethel often extend to its volunteers.  Click here for a full list of volunteer opportunities.

You may also contact Barbara Hester, Director of Volunteer Services, at (404) 577-6651 or BarbaraH@tcmatlanta.org to find out how to get involved.