Lumpkin County Family Connection Supporting Local Commerce and Struggling Families

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Lumpkin County Family Connection is working to keep its community healthy by fostering safe, meaningful connections that are supporting local businesses—and at the same time—feeding families. The county Collaborative is using a $5,000 grant from Jackson EMC Operation Round Up to purchase gift cards from local restaurants to give to food-insecure families struggling during this coronavirus crisis.

“We wanted to make sure local kids eat well over Spring Break,” said Lumpkin County Family Connection Executive Director Brigette Barker. “There are lots of thankful hearts in Dahlonega. It was a win-win.”

Barker also is collaborating with local restaurants providing curbside service to launch a sponsorship campaign that allows community members to purchase meals at restaurants to donate to families.

“We tell people to simply call and order and we will handle the rest,” said Barker. “Thank you to our sponsors that provided meals for 13 families on our first night. The meals and boxes of nonperishable food items are already in the hands of local families.”

Lumpkin County Family Connection, like all the county Collaboratives in the Georgia Family Connection statewide network, are connecting their communities and supporting vulnerable families struggling to keep their loved ones safe throughout this pandemic and beyond.


Bill Valladares
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Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) is a public-private partnership created by the State of Georgia and investors from the private sector to assist communities in addressing the serious challenges facing children and families. GaFCP also serves as a resource to state agencies across Georgia that work to improve the conditions of children and families. Georgia KIDS COUNT provides policymakers and citizens with current data they need to make informed decisions regarding priorities, services, and resources that impact Georgia’s children, youth, families, and communities.