On Friday, the Atlanta Apartment Association (AAA) came to celebrate at the Atlanta Community Food Bank in the 24th annual Food-A-Thon. Each year, AAA starts getting into the swing of things in June as they lay the groundwork for food drives and their annual Can Can Ball, which also benefits ACFB. Residents at member apartment complexes help the cause and donate both food and money. It all culminates after five months at the Food-A-Thon in October as members decorate “floats” and bring their donations.
Each year has a theme and this year was no exception! Atlanta Food Network stars came down the parade route--stars such as “Paula Deen”, “Adam Richman”, and yes, “The Swedish Chef” made appearances as trucks came in and unloaded all the food donated in our agency loading dock. After everyone made their way down the parade route, they got a photo in front of one of our trucks and proceeded to the carnival fare that awaited them. They got to test their might on the high striker, take each other on in a friendly game of cornhole, and work on their accuracy with a football toss. They also enjoyed carnival treats like caramel apple dessert, cotton candy and funnel cake before a well deserved barbecue lunch.
This year’s Food-A-Thon was a blast in more ways than one. Why? This was the best donation year to date: after all was said and done, AAA members, vendors and residents donated 100,566 pounds and $693,604!!! That’s enough for 4.23 million meals! We can’t thank our friends at the Atlanta Apartment Association enough.