Last night, several Food Bank staffers attended a screening of ‘A Place at the Table’, a new documentary from the filmmakers of ‘Food Inc.’, about hunger in America.
A couple weeks ago, I received an email from Saqlain, who participated in the June 2012 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. He expressed his desire to volunteer at one of our Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) distributions. The Food Bank is currently doing seven MFPs a week, so I conferred with Christine, the Agency Services staff member leading the MFP charge. She recommended a MFP taking place Saturday afternoon on January 26th in Dekalb County.
With the first month of a new year almost over, it seems like a great time to explore why we have begun to focus more on nutrition and wellness here at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Selena, who participated in the 2012 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty, meets with our Education and Outreach Manager, Lindy Wood, to discuss plans for her Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project; the project will focus on hunger in her community. Selena has also launched a club at her school, Druid Hills High School, focusing on community service and hunger and poverty issues. We’re very proud of Selena and are excited to support her amazing work.
-Chris Ferguson, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Last year, we started turning our annual report into a video. It seemed to us that not only did we enjoy it, you did too. So, without further ado, check out what was accomplished with your help in 2011!
Last week, students across the metro area took pause from their educational enlightenment for spring break. For many, spring break means a road trip to the beach with family and friends, but due to the continuing rough economy and high fuel costs, some are opting for the ever popular staycation, while others look to the grandparents to play the role of hero, swooping in to assume childcare responsibilities for the week.
This week, we hosted 18 students from across metro Atlanta for our annual Youth Summit. In three whirlwind days, these high schoolers toured the Food Bank, learned about hunger and advocacy in Georgia, played a Community Food Game (which is a LOT of fun), visited the State Capitol, packed food boxes in our warehouse and volunteered at two agencies we serve, Georgia Avenue and Gateway Center. Phew. You can see why I said whirlwind before!