Concrete Jungle on 11Alive News, May 2011
Concrete Jungle was started in 2009 by Craig Durkin and Aubrey Daniels as a volunteer-run, Atlanta-based organization that helps to distribute unused food to the hungry. The organization grew from Craig, Aubrey, and several friends noticing the large amount of apples growing all over Atlanta, and they would hold an annual Ciderfest to turn them all in to apple cider. After several years of increasing apple harvests, the scale of fresh produce going to waste in Atlanta became apparent, and Concrete Jungle was born.
Concrete Jungle receives almost all of its food from the hundreds of fruit and nut trees growing in the Atlanta area — in yards, on the side of the road, next to buildings. Most of these trees are untended and ignored, with their bounty being wasted to wildlife while only miles away many poor and homeless struggle to include any fresh produce in their diet.
With your generosity, we pick these fruits, nuts, and vegetables throughout metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas and donate as much of the harvest as possible to organizations serving Atlanta’s poor and hungry.
And we’re growing! Recent milestones:
- Robby Astrove joined the Concrete Jungle core group in 2011 to help with public outreach and education as well as the demands of harvesting hundreds of pounds of fruit weekly from all corners of the city.
- Mimi Hall joined Concrete Jungle in 2013 as our Growth Advisor to assist with Concrete Jungle’s organizational structure and operating efficiency
- Katherine Kennedy becomes Concrete Jungle’s first Executive Director in 2015!
- Alexis Dalmat, former executive director of Culture Connect, joins Concrete Jungle in 2015 to guide Katherine and Concrete Jungle towards becoming a sustainable non-profit organization
- Chris Willingham joins Concrete Jungle as our Secretary of Agriculture, taking over regular management of Dog Head Farm
You don’t have to be a farmer, gardener, or even like the outdoors to help! Feeding a hungry soul requires no money or effort on your part other than simply contacting us about any fruits, nuts, or vegetables you would like us to come pick and donate.