High school senior Lanarion is excited about graduation and even more excited for what lies ahead. He’s college bound and gives much of the credit to Atlanta Community Food Bank partner agency Create Your Dreams, an exceptional youth development program for at-risk students. “It’s helped shape me to be the man I am today,” he said. “It comes down to two words: life changing.”
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It was 2007, and the education and volunteer teams were deep into planning our first Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. A few months earlier, we had pitched the idea to our founder, and then executive director, Bill Bolling. I’m not sure he was completely convinced of its merit, but he could tell this was something we were excited about, and he let us take the leap, believing in creative spirit and the power of youth.
A testimonial from Anish (Far right in both photos):
"When I first participated in the Atlanta Community Food Bank Youth Leadership Summit in 2010, I enjoyed packaging food for families in the Product Rescue Center and beautifying the Community Gardens. Little did I know, however, that the lessons I learned here would shape the way in which I viewed service in my future service endeavors.
In the weeks and days leading up to the annual Hunger Walk/Run, our office at the Atlanta Community Food Bank was buzzing with activity. Between printing race packets, conducting press interviews and loading the trucks full of materials, this year’s Hunger Walk/Run was an all-hands-on-deck project that required nearly a full year of preparation. Our organization is privileged to have many veteran employees who have experienced the huge growth of the Hunger Walk/Run over the years.
More than three decades ago, Atlanta Community Food Bank Founder Bill Bolling and other community leaders organized the very first Hunger Walk. Since 1984, the event has evolved into a walk/run and has continued to grow into our biggest fundraiser, with thousands coming together to help put an end to hunger in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. We believe this year’s event was truly one of the best yet.
Customers of Carver Neighborhood Market in South Atlanta were treated to a special surprise when Celebrity Chef G Garvin recently dropped by with peach cobbler, kale salad, jambalaya, chicken and more!
As the final truckloads of food from Kroger’s “Can Hunger” food drive rolled in last week, we stood in awe of our community. Kroger customers alone contributed enough food for nearly 2 million meals.
When the Atlanta Community Food Bank got its start nearly 37 years ago, we began sharing food with 50 different agencies that were feeding the hungry. Today that number has grown to more than 600, and they span across 29 counties. The Food Bank network of partner agencies is made up of food pantries, community kitchens, shelters, after school programs, senior centers and other nonprofits that provide food for people who need it. We often say we could never accomplish the work of fighting hunger without each other.
“My neighbor knew we needed food and brought me to Malachi’s,” said Tracey, a client and volunteer at Malachi’s Storehouse, a partner agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Malachi’s provides groceries for 250 families like Tracey’s each week.
“We grow up being very prideful,” said Esther, a retired nurse. “But you get to a point when things happen like they’ve happened in our lives, that you need a helping hand.” She and her husband Del, a veteran, found the help they need at Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. The co-op, a partner agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, receives food from the Food Bank to provide nutritious groceries for hundreds of families, individuals and seniors.