I want to take a moment to share with you how grateful I am to serve as the new President and CEO of Atlanta Community Food Bank. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. The challenges and opportunities facing us have never been more exciting. Our future has never looked more promising.
The Food Bank has an incredible legacy of service and impact, built over 36 years by our founder Bill Bolling, in partnership with all of you. Bill has worked tirelessly and passionately to shape the Food Bank into what it is today – a beloved and trusted nonprofit that exists to serve and lift up those who face hunger in our community.
Because of You
By any measure, the Food Bank just completed the most successful year in our history. We distributed more food, engaged more volunteers, and raised more money than we ever have. I am so proud of our team and our accomplishments, and I am grateful to each of you for your support in making this happen. The Food Bank’s success, and the impact on the lives of the clients we serve, happens because of you.
As we celebrate, we are also very aware that far too many of our neighbors continue to struggle with hunger and food insecurity. The need for the Food Bank remains greater than ever.
As a father of three, I often think about our mission when I look at my own kids and think about how I would feel if I couldn’t provide them with the food they need. It’s a feeling of helplessness that can make hope seem futile. For many of our clients, that’s a feeling that doesn’t go away.
Together We Will Do More
Our challenge at the Food Bank is to ensure that all members of our community have access to the food they need for healthy and productive lives. We share that challenge with the 600 partner agencies that we serve, each of them led by an unheralded community hero who does the work each day simply because they care and because they envision a brighter future for all.
To meet that challenge, we will work relentlessly to ensure the Food Bank is better tomorrow than it is today. We know that means growing the scale of our work, engaging more partners and volunteers, fostering innovation, and enhancing our impact on the lives of our clients.
That’s something we do together. We build on our legacy and we create that better day. I look forward to working with you as we face these challenges. Together we will do more. We will do it even better. And we will see that transformation in our community and in the lives of our neighbors in need.
-Kyle Waide, President & CEO
This letter appears in the Fall 2015 issue of Foodsharing. To see our latest issue, check out our Newsletters page.