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.
Kroger’s Glynn Jenkins says the Can Hunger drive isn’t just an opportunity to raise awareness about hunger, but a way to do something about it. “It’s a great partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank,” said Jenkins. “We’ve been a partner for at least 25 years and it’s truly an honor to give back. Our customers and associates are so engaged in our work to support the community.” Kroger’s record-breaking 21 tractor trailer loads of food included mac & cheese, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables and fruits, canned tuna and cereal.
In addition to the food donated during the Can Hunger drive, enough food for another 380,000 meals was provided through hundreds of individual holiday drives across the Food Bank’s 29-county service area. Food drives are a fantastic way to collect donations for those in need and have fun at the same time. Each year we hear about schools, companies and social groups who do all kinds of creative things like hosting pizza parties, scavenger hunts and prize raffles to increase donations. This year, we received wonderful assistance with large pick ups from two moving companies, Coleman American Moving Services and Two Men and a Truck, who very generously donated their resources to help us feed even more families. Despite dropping temperatures and an unusually rainy holiday season, the community abundantly provided groceries to assist their neighbors in need have a much better and happier holiday season!
One of our most cherished drives has been conducted by Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta for the last 11 years. This year Mill Springs filled over 45 barrels and collected enough to provide 9,969 meals! Only 350 students attend Mill Springs, which means each student brought an average of 34 cans! The school accomplished this through a friendly competition between buildings on campus. Every year, two of the school’s principals have friendly "play-fights" with each other, motivating the students to bring in their donations. Mill Springs knows how to have a fun food drive, and a fun drive almost always translates into a successful drive!
Want to know more about coordinating a Food & Fund Drive for the Food Bank? Get all the details here.