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SOUTH FORSYTH — A Forsyth County nonprofit has moved to a new location to expand its services for hungry children and their families.
Meals by Grace launched in 2010 to deliver food to homes where food-insecure families have limited access to transportation, running central operations out of Grace Chapel Church of Christ in southwest Forsyth.
The organization recently moved its weekly operation to Midway United Methodist Church, 5025 Atlanta Highway.
The move is expected to increase the number of families served by at least 30 percent in 2015.
In November, Forsyth County Schools’ social workers identified an additional 125 children in need of the group’s services.
“We are thrilled to relocate to a larger facility that enables our team of 125-plus weekly volunteers and staff to work together to expand our services to feed more hungry children,” said Suellen Daniels, founder and executive director of Meals by Grace.
Stacey Hanson, Midway’s pastor, was “proud of the diversity of ages, faiths and ethnicities of the volunteers, and everything went so smoothly though they were in an unfamiliar space.”
“And to see families serving side by side, that’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” Hanson said.
There are 7,965 economically disadvantaged students in the local school system, according to its website. Taking into account the number of parents and siblings younger than school-age, the number of families in Forsyth struggling to some degree with food insecurity is close to 32,000.
Adding senior citizens, singles and families with children not yet in school, the number rises to closer to 45,000, officials at Meals by Grace said.
Along with the vision of providing food assistance, the organization works “individually with families to identify and increase other skills to enable and empower to families to become self-sustaining.”