Intown Collaborative Ministries
The vision of Intown Collaborative Ministries (ICM) is to transform the neighborhood we serve, to feed the hungry and house the homeless. A healthy neighborhood is one where residents, businesses, faith communities, and non-profits come together to serve each other for the benefit of all. To that end, ICM's mission is to serve as a good neighbor to all with whom we share our Intown community, especially those in the 30306 and 30307 zip codes, experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Morningside was one of the churches directly involved when ICM was formed in 2009, and two of its senior pastors have served as Chair of the Board of Directors since that time.
MPC supports ICM through both periodic targeted food donation drives at the church and grant support, and members can sign up directly on ICM’s site to volunteer to help at the Food Pantry. Morningside also has a member on ICM’s board of directors, and you will almost always find a healthy number of MPC members at ICM’s annual Arts & Eats fundraiser (usually held in late spring).
ICM Food Pantry — operates out of McIver Hall behind Druid Hills Presbyterian Church (1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30306, entrance on St. Charles Ave). The pantry gratefully accepts food donations which may be dropped off at McIver Hall Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays before 10:00 a.m. The Food Pantry pantry operates every Saturday, year round, serving its guests from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MPC members devote time and food donations to this worthy cause throughout the year. Stocking the Food Pantry and filling bags with nutritious food items on Saturdays provides a meaningful opportunity to serve our neighbors in need.
Food Co-Op Ministries — ICM also operates Food Co-ops at two low-income housing units on Ponce de Leon Avenue, providing food security and community-building for 49 of our neighbors. While Co-op members join, paying $10 per month to receive over $100 worth of groceries of their choosing twice a month (including fresh fruits and vegetables), all members also perform tasks from planning and running meetings, ordering food, collecting dues, and checking in on members who are missing. ICM's staff facilitates and coordinates the members in their leadership roles. The Food Co-ops are place-based; only individuals who live in either Briarcliff Summit or Booth Towers apartments are able to join.
Learn more about both the Food Pantry and the Food Co-Op Ministries, and explore opportunities to get involved and volunteer, by visiting the Food Ministries section of ICM’s site.
Housing instability and homelessness is an issue for thousands of individuals and families in Atlanta, and Intown’s Homeless Outreach Program specializes in compassionately engaging and housing the City of Atlanta’s chronically homeless in our neighborhood. The City of Atlanta’s Continuum of Care has adopted a Housing First approach to end chronic homelessness. This approach gets individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent housing first and then, from the safety of their own apartment, helps to stabilize them with wrap-around services. Once off the streets, these individuals can begin to address their barriers to stable housing. You can also read more about this valuable program on ICM’s site.
How you can get involved
You can sign up directly through ICM’s site to be added to the Food Pantry calendar, and explore further on their website for more information about not just the Food Pantry but the Food Co-Ops and ICM’s Homeless Outreach program, and how you might be able to help.