Why We Do What We Do
We Are Called
We Believe in Children
We Know Love Wins
Our mission is to offer tuition-free Christian education in economically impoverished communities by partnering with local individuals, businesses, communities and area churches. Our purpose is to help empower these children spiritually, academically, as well as physically. The heart of Feed My Lambs is to ensure that all children, regardless of socio-economic status, can access a high-quality early education in a caring Christian environment. We create safe havens for children in troubled times, a place of love and learning that changes the trajectory of lives and provides a pathway out of poverty.
In 1982, our founder, Elizabeth Weatherby, first felt the call of God to “go get the little children.” Before our schools ever came into focus, Elizabeth began to find ways to make an impact in areas of need that were local to her. In the metro-Atlanta area, she worked with local grocery stores to receive donated food, and in turn, she developed a program to give that food to the poor. She preached and sang in state and local prisons and worked with inmates and their families. She developed several outreaches to help impoverished areas that included clothing drives and holiday parties. Those parties are now known as our Happy Birthday Jesus parties and, to date, have been able to provide Christmas to more than 200,000 children.
Our first Feed My Lambs school opened in 1994 in the historic Techwood Homes of Atlanta, GA., which in 1936 was the first public housing homes project established in the United States. We were incorporated in July 1990 and received our 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status in April 1992. Our second school opened in Johnny Walker Government Homes in Marietta and our third school opened in 1997 at Red Barn Mobile Homes in Cherokee County. And like they say, “The rest is history.”
To date, Feed My Lambs has enrolled more than 11,000 children in 20 independent schools in metro-Atlanta, Liberia and northern Mexico. Today student enrollment exceeds 1,000 children in metro-Atlanta; Ganta, Monrovia and Paynesville, Liberia; and in Piedras Negras and Nava northern Mexico.
All Feed My Lambs schools are in high-risk, economically impoverished areas and have long waiting lists of children. Eighty-five staff members support Feed My Lambs’ 1,000-plus student population, including six staff members in its Cobb County, Ga., headquarters, who manage fundraising and administration. Additionally, Feed My Lambs has a nine-member volunteer board from Atlanta’s business, education and religious communities, and enjoys the day-to-day involvement of our Founder, Elizabeth Weatherby.
Feed My Lambs is committed to reaching every child on our surging waiting lists and to add new schools where children need them most.
Feed My Lambs remains steadfast in ensuring all Feed My Lambs teaching staff are certified in the Wee-Learn curriculum through a 9-week intensive training class.
We also remain committed to reaching every child on our surging waiting lists at each school, initially by focusing on expanding the Marietta location attendance through the addition of classrooms and staff.
Feed My Lambs will also be finalizing plans for a new school where children need it most, on the Westside of Atlanta as well as exploring a larger location for the Canton school.
Our mission is to partner with local individuals, community groups, and area churches to operate Christian schools which empower disadvantaged children spiritually, academically, physically, and socially while strengthening families and communities.