From tree to table: you can help put fresh fruits & veggies on the plates of food-insecure families.
In 2009, our founders saw rotting fruit littering Atlanta’s sidewalks as they cycled around town, and recognized that this abundance was going needlessly to waste, while thousands of people suffered from hunger and lack of access to nutritious food. And so Concrete Jungle was born.
For Atlanta’s food-insecure community (12% of the population), fresh, nutritious produce is especially hard to come by. Many of our partner organizations have difficulty accessing fresh local produce for their clients; Concrete Jungle helps fill that gap.
Over the years, we’ve mapped over 4,300 fruit trees in Atlanta and Athens, which we harvest and distribute to community-based hunger relief agencies. Since our start 13 years ago, we have distributed over 1.4 million pounds (5.7 million servings) of recovered food, with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Why give to Concrete Jungle?
When you donate to CJ, you’re getting nutritious, fresh food to the people who need it most – not as leftovers from a wasteful food system, but as healthy food harvested with food-insecure people in mind.
CJ’s partners report 0% waste from the fruits and vegetables they receive from us. We harvest at peak freshness, and distribute quickly through our partner network. And the human impact can’t be overstated: people don’t go hungry, and they can access nutritious food with dignity. You make this work possible.
Concrete Jungle is the only organization utilizing the freely available fruit growing on trees around the city, to provide sustenance and nutrition to our food-insecure communities. With your help, we will serve over 10,000 people this year. And the need is still great.
As a recession looms and food prices increase, food-insecure people are forced to buy cheaper, less nutritious options in order to stretch their dollars and stay fed. Our communities need us to fill the nutrition gaps more than ever before.
Will you join us in making a healthier and fruitier Georgia for all?