Rapper Gunna is working to make a difference in his childhood neighborhood by opening a first-of-its-kind grocery store.
The rapper partnered with Goodr to open the pop-up grocery and clothing store called Gunna’s Drip Closet and Goodr Grocery Store. The shop is located at his former Atlanta middle school and allows students and their families to get shoes, clothing, food, toiletries, and other necessities they need—at no cost.
Gunna attended Ronald E. McNair Middle School, which is located in the Fulton area, with his four brothers as a child. The school is located in a community where many children live in poverty.
11 Alive reported the store will benefit 900 students and their families for years to come. The store will be restocked weekly, and families can also go online for items their child needs allowing them to obtain a ticket for school pickup.
“It just makes me feel like I’m doing what needs to be done for my community,” shared Gunna.
Before the ribbon cutting, Gunna was awarded his own day. South Fulton, Ga. Mayor William “Bill” Edwards announced “Gunna Kitchens Day” with an official declaration proclamation as a way to honor his achievements.
“Just like the Phoenix, rising above the ashes of adversity, Gunna is committed to giving back to the community that raised him, buffered him, sheltered him and supported him by creating Gunna’s Drip Closet and Goodr Grocery Store which is set to provide students of McNair Middle School with access to free meals, clothing and toiletries for years to come,” it reads.
Jasmine Crowe, CEO of Goodr, an Atlanta company that aims to solve the hunger crisis, shared the impact the store will have on the South Fulton residents.
“He’s providing a way of life for these families and this is something that is legendary,” said Crowe. “I don’t think anything like this has been done before in the city of Atlanta.”
Goodr fights food waste and food insecurities by organizing pop-up grocery stores that help people in need shops for fresh produce and necessities.
“We believe that hunger isn’t a scarcity issue. It’s a logistics issue,” states the company. “Goodr provides a secure ledger that tracks an organization’s surplus food from pickup to donation, delivering real-time social and environmental impact reporting analytics. The Goodr model aims to provide a triple-win solution by improving an organization’s bottom line through charitable tax donations, reducing its greenhouse emissions from landﬁlls and getting its edible surplus food to local communities in need.”