It got a little warm at the Food Bank last Monday night as we roasted famed restaurant and hospitality duos Justin & Derek Anthony of 10 Degrees South; Robby Kukler & Steve Simon of Fifth Group Restaurants; Nancy & Mark Oswald of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Scott Strumlauf & Michael Krohngold of Tongue & Groove in our transformed Product Rescue Center (yes, you read that right...our PRC looked like a five star restaurant).
Tri-Cities High School Visual Art Magnet Program presents “The Faces of Hunger” Opening Reception on February 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Held in the Tri-Cities High School Art Gallery, the exhibit features the students’ interpretation of hunger in their community as 2D and 3D art, jewelry and ceramic pieces. Refreshments will be served as will light appetizers provided by Sufi’s Atlanta.
For most, the start of the new year usually means change and resolutions. For us at the Food Bank, it means the kickoff of one of our favorite events: the Hunger Walk/Run. With the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, St. Vincent de Paul, Episcopal Charities of Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia and the Greater Presbytery of Atlanta, it’s a fun filled day that brings together thousands of Georgians from all different backgrounds to walk or run for hunger, an issue that affects 20% of this state’s residents.
If you’ve resolved to become a master at cooking, or even just to start cooking, we have something so amazing, it’s almost too good to be true: an ongoing series of cooking classes taught by Atlanta’s finest chefs, all in The Cook’s Warehouse state-of-the-art kitchens. Even better, 100% of the proceeds benefit the hunger relief work of ACFB.
As this year’s Chair of Canstruction®, I’m pleased to share that we celebrated 15 years of the event being held in Atlanta and benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Having worked on the steering committee for the past five years and having Chaired the event twice now, I can honestly say working with Canstruction® has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in my life. I truly appreciate the art of the competition and am forever endeared to this event because of the impact it has on so many local communities.
Our monthly Supper Club has taken us to some delicious places this year. Tomorrow night is no exception!
Dine out at Bantam + Biddy OR Chick-A-Biddy (or both--we won’t judge) August 13 and 20% of your tab will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The brainchildren of Chef Shaun Doty, both restaurants are busy making a mark on the Atlanta restaurant scene with their unique approaches to one of our favorite proteins, chicken.
Since 2008, The McCart Group has participated in the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program (KPCRW). Interest in the program grows each year along with our total number of participants. With more than 100 employees, the McCart Group has a very diverse team, and we motivate and encourage each other in many different ways, including inspiration to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Another way is community involvement and giving of our time and resources to those in need. Often, we find opportunities where getting healthy and giving back go hand in hand.
The good folks over at Twain’s Billiards and Tap in Decatur continue to impress me year after year. They get it and they live it by taking action; by doing something. It’s that time of year again and SpringFest is here this Saturday, May 18th. This event, when it started, was considered to be a one-time thing. But now, for the fifth year running, Twain’s will host this “musical extravaganza of historic proportions” to benefit the ACFB. Check out some of your favorite local bands like Gringo Star, Shathouse Rats and Rolling Nowhere, as they rock the two stages.
Running and the Atlanta Community Food Bank have a lot in common when you think about it.
Running brings a sense of community; of camaraderie. It has a magical hold on those who are fanatics (some of which are in our own offices). It brings a sense of calm and, in a very physical and mental sense, it means a healthy body. Runners help and encourage each other and even step up in a time of need.
How about those Bravos, huh? They’ve been having a great season so far on the field--but we like to think it’s because they know the amazing work they’re doing off the field too. This season, in partnership with the Atlanta Braves and Kroger, we’re going to “Strike Out Hunger” across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
This week, we’ve asked our staff who utilize volunteers to write a small post about why volunteers are so important to the Food Bank and to their program. From Michael DeCoursey, the Hunger Walk/Run Project Manager:
For the past 29 years ACFB has hosted our annual Hunger Walk/Run event, to help raise both awareness and much needed funds to support local hunger relief efforts. From inception, the event has grown from around 1000 participants in 1984, to over 15,000+ in 2013.
Working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) marketing team on the design of the Supper Club campaign for the past 10 plus years has really been a pleasure because it combines several of my favorite things; a worthy cause, creativity and of course, great food.
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation has become a great Atlanta tradition with the help of some of Atlanta’s most prominent chefs and restaurateurs. These industry leaders have shown they can truly impact a social issue by working together, turning a small idea to help fight childhood hunger into one of Atlanta’s preeminent fundraising events in the city. And this Thursday evening, April 11, they’ll be back in action at the Georgia Aquarium.
The holiday season is always packed with family get-togethers, holiday parties and more. Of course, you have to have some fun for yourself. There are a few things happening this holiday season that are sure to please.
Thanks so much to everyone who made this year’s Can Can Ball an absolute blast! Special shout outs to the Atlanta Apartment Association and Sheraton Atlanta—you all rock!
Last night’s sold out Simple Abundance class with Chef Linton Hopkins was entertaining and informative. Thanks again to Chef Hopkins, Woody, The Cook’s Warehouse and all our attendees—100% of their class fee goes to ACFB.
We’re still getting donations, but we’re happy to say we got over 112,000 pounds of food from Stamp Out Hunger! THANK YOU to everyone who donated!
Simple Abundance and Supper Club are two great programs for anyone who loves food and helping their community--and things are heating up this summer for both of them!