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Volunteer Appreciation Week is Here!

This week marks National Volunteer Appreciation Week and here at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, that’s a big deal. Volunteers are important to us. Without them, our work wouldn’t be possible. We have volunteers who help us sort and pack food boxes in the Product Rescue Center, stock shelves on the Grocery Floor and Kids In Need, load food on to vehicles for our partner agencies, work in gardens, help with administrative tasks, distribute food at mobile food pantries, and collect food and funds at special events, just to name a few.

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A New Model for Healthier Communities

(Editor's Note: It's National Nutrition Month and we're highlighting the things we are doing to provide more nutritious, healthy options for the communities we serve. This article originally appeared in our Spring 2014 issue of Foodsharing. To learn more about Foodsharing, please visit our Newsletters page.)

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Thank You for an Amazing Hunger Walk/Run!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the 30th Anniversary of the Hunger Walk/Run yesterday! It was a gorgeous day and an even more gorgeous turnout as more than 15,000 of you took to the streets to walk or run for hunger relief. We’ll be reporting our final tallies at the end of this month. Until then, you can still donate to this incredible event and check out our photo album on Facebook.

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It's National Nutrition Month!

March has been named National Nutrition Month.  It is a month that promotes the awareness of good nutrition and the important role it plays in an active, healthy life. We’re especially excited about this month because we recently started a nutrition and wellness program, headed up by our first ever staff dietitian to fulfill our commitment to promoting healthy communities through nutritious food.  

The Food Bank has made great strides in the last two years towards highlighting healthy options for our 600 partner agencies.

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Nutrition News: What are PHOs?

For decades, public health advocates have been concerned with the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in processed and manufactured foods. PHOs are industrially-produced oils that add hydrogen to a vegetable oil. Vegetables oils are typically liquid at room temperature but this chemical manipulation of the oil makes it solid at room temperature which lengthens the shelf life of a product.

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Need For Relief Hits Long After The Storm

If you’re like me, you’re breathing a sigh of relief.

The winter storms that recently wreaked havoc throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia are fading from memory as spring hints at its arrival.

For those of us caught in gridlocked traffic, stuck for hours on frozen roadways, or left in the dark when power lines snapped under the weight of frozen trees, life is returning to normal now that the nuisance of cleanup and recovery is long forgotten.

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At the Root of all Great Movements

It started as a simple idea 30 years ago - an answer to a question that was not yet fully formed.

The year was 1984 and we had only begun to imagine what was possible. The Food Bank itself was still in its infancy, and yet we were very confident that we were on to something important. We were still operating out of an old rented warehouse using donated trucks and mostly volunteer labor. We had found congregations and communities of people who wanted to work with and support us, but what could we do together to show our common values and commitment?

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Happy Valentine's Day!

It's Valentine's Day, and we wanted to take a moment to show our love for all of you. 

To our partner agencies, volunteers, food and financial donors, restaurant and hospitality partners, advocates, teachers, principals, walkers, runners, gardeners--you all make our days a bit brighter. Thank you for what you do for the Food Bank and those who need help.

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Weather Emergencies Hardest On Those In Need

Last fiscal year, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and our network of over 600 partner agencies were able to help hungry Georgians in metro Atlanta and northwest Georgia access over 45 million pounds of food to feed themselves and their families.  

That worked out to around 175,000 pounds of food leaving our warehouse on an average workday and eventually finding its way into the cabinets, refrigerators and dinner tables of our neighbors.  

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Walk to Fight Hunger...and Win a Prize?

Hunger Walk/Run is celebrating 30 years of bringing our community together to fight hunger. In that time we’ve collectively raised enough money to provide nearly 28 million meals to neighbors in need.

That’s truly inspiring -- which is why we want to do something extra special to say THANK YOU to our amazing supporters and inspire you to help make our 30th year the most impactful yet! 

Register for Hunger Walk/Run 2014 today to get in the running for one of 3 amazing prizes!

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