We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind our success has been our attention to the individual and to the individual family units when providing services. We realize that all households are not the same and do not have the same needs. In that vein, we strive to provide adequate nutritional resources to each individual and their household that’s based on their particular needs. Whether they have diabetic members in the family or an infant that has food allergies or a child that has medically related dietary restrictions, anyone in need that comes to us for assistance can receive the food they need for their circumstances.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Feeding GA Families is a 501(c)3 state licensed non-profit food pantry and community services agency aimed at combating food insecurity in our communities with the assistance of farmers, food banks, grocery stores, small businesses, corporate donors and sponsorships, and volunteers. Founded in 2010, FGF has expanded from a mother-daughter team feeding the homeless 40 meals at a time to a bustling operation distributing almost 900,000 pounds in 2021. While FGF’s work is complementary to many agencies fighting food, there are a number of ways we have differentiated ourselves to better serve our community. First, our services are provided with no questions asked, as our purpose is to aid those in need, when they are in need, without restrictions to residency, prior income, or family size. Second, we have a strong focus on well-being and catering to individuals’ dietary needs to help them achieve that; examples include offering plant-based, gluten-free, and sugar-free options. Finally, while our core focus is on food insecurity, we recognize that many in our community need support with interconnected issues, and have auxiliary offerings including housing services and other social services. Feeding GA Families has grown exponentially in the past five years, stretching to meet the growing needs of the community.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting the area and I wanted to show them the best time ever, my itinerary would include:
Spots to Hang Out at:
Movies Under the Stars
Starlight Drive In
Places to Eat:
Interesting Places to Visit:
North GA Mountains in the fall
Ocmulgee National Monument
Walking Tours Savannah
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Credit and recognition must be given to a few people: First and foremost, my grandmother for sparking the philanthropic light in us to continue in her legacy of giving. Secondly, to my mother for carrying on the legacy with me. Third, to our staff and volunteers who make this happen each and every week. And, last but not least to our donors and supporters for seeing, believing, and investing in our mission to make our communities better for all.
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