Fighting hunger and building hope for over 30 years.
Photos Courtesy North Gwinnett Co-op
Throughout 2023, the North Gwinnett Co-Op has continued to represent what communities can do when they work together. Since 1991, this non-profit organization has served families living in the Suwanee, Sugar Hill and Buford communities with food, clothing and financial assistance. In 2023, the need for food and assistance skyrocketed, reaching record- breaking numbers, underscoring the crucial role the Co- Op plays in the lives of seniors, children, and families. The Co-Op’s food pantry thrives on the generosity of local businesses, schools, churches, and individuals who contribute to year-round food drives. Responding to the heightened need in 2023, the Co-Op invested over $350,000 in food purchases, made possible by dedicated donors and fundraising initiatives. More than 500,000 pounds of food were distributed throughout the year. Volunteers, the unsung heroes of the Co-Op, play a vital role in ensuring its daily operations run seamlessly. Whether individuals or groups, those eager to contribute can sign up online at ngcoop.org or reach out to Kristen Mullin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on corporate or group events.
The Second Blessings thrift store offers a boutique experience to shop for quality clothes, accessories and household items with reasonable prices. The thrift store is located next to the North Gwinnett Co-Op and open to the public.
The Co-Op hosts various special events, including the annual Book Bag Bash, where more than 600 new book bags filled with supplies are distributed to students. In the spirit of giving, generous donors made it possible for nearly 500 children and 225 seniors to receive Christmas gifts in 2023. Additionally, over 3,500 holiday meal boxes were distributed, embodying the Co- Op’s commitment to community well-being.
In 2024, you can join the North Gwinnett Co-Op’s efforts by:
■ Making a financial contribution.
■ Donating food and hygiene items and/or thrift store donations.
■ Participating in the March 26th golf tournament at the River Club.
■ Supplying new backpacks & school supplies for the Book Bag Bash in July.
■ Participating in 2024 holiday programs.