Committed to doing the right thing, Open Hand continues to build on a legacy of nutrition for all.

  • Open Hand was founded in 1988 by Michael Edwards-Pruitt, who rounded up his neighbors to help cook and deliver meals to 14 friends dying from AIDS who were too sick to cook for themselves.
  • Open Hand expanded our mission to include those with non-HIV related critical illnesses, the disabled, and the homebound elderly in 2000.
  • Open Hand’s kitchen has been in our current home at 176 Ottley Drive since 1995; our campus tripled in size in 2013-14 as we annexed our building at 181 Armour Drive.
  • Over the past 20 years, Open Hand has been one of the most collaborative nonprofit organizations in the country, currently working collaboratively with over 100 partner organizations.
  • Open Hand’s grocery bill, once $500 per month in 1989, is now over $85,000 per week. That’s in excess of $4.4 million per year.
  • Today Open Hand prepares, packs and delivers nearly 5,000 meals on a daily basis.
  • Quickly approaching our 30th year of service, Open Hand is one of the largest community-based providers of home-delivered meals and nutrition services in the United States.
  • Open Hand has long been recognized as one of the most fiscally responsible nonprofit organizations in the country, as acknowledged by Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
  • 89 cents of every dollar raised philanthropically goes to support services provided directly to our clients.

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