Held at the Food Bank, the Youth Summit is a free multi-day service opportunity that includes interactive workshops and service projects with the Food Bank and other hunger-fighting organizations in metro Atlanta. Each year the Youth Summit brings together a diverse group of high school students to learn how to fight hunger in their community, earn community service hours, and build new friendships. This session is limited to 20 students who all agree to complete at least one "Hunger Fighting Action Step" during the following school year.

If you have any questions, please email or call 404-892-3333 x2009.


Youth Summit Testimonials

Each summer, our Youth Summit participants love to share what an impact the experience had on their lives. Several days of learning about the issues through hands-on experience seem to agree with them! They have the opportunity to volunteer at mobile food pantries, community gardens, the Product Rescue Center, and so much more. When all is said and done, most participants walk away truly inspired to make a difference. Here’s what some of them have said about their experience:  

“In the three days that followed the first initial gathering, my eyes have been opened. I'm seeing things in ways I never have had before. I was ignorant before- having my predisposed ideas of poverty and hunger. I now feel shocked that I was so shallow. The people that I have met are some of the most courageous and honorable people alive. Their life story is a testament to faith, hope, and vision for a changed world. Their strength in the face of adversity and desolation has inspired me. Their open arms and their warm smiles ignited a flame within me. And this flame will not go out until I have had my chance to make my impact on the world and these people.”

“I just wanted to thank everyone for making last week so inspirational and touching. For me, it was more than just volunteering and I enjoyed every single second of it. I know that the time I spent with all of you will be cherished forever and I will never forget the impact that the week had on my life and my perspective regarding my priorities. I made so many awesome friendships that I know I will keep for years to come. Thank you all for everything.”

“Youth Summit gave me the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to take action in the community.”

“Going into the summit, I did not expect to get so much out of it as I did. It was fun and enthralling. I was moved by the true life stories of the real people that we met. They were so welcoming and so loving. Their thankfulness for everything in their lives has inspired me to want to do something more for them and make them even happier.”

“The action plans today were very impressive. I just hope that each one of us sticks by it or come up with something new and accomplishes our goals. What we felt and gained during this summit is too much to be wasted! We need to seriously make things happen!”

“The Youth Summit was more than I ever expected.  It was informative, interactive, and so much fun.”

“I thought the Youth Summit was really great at informing me on who is most likely to be hungry or in poverty, what you can do to help, and overall it was a great hands-on experience.”

“The Youth Summit helped me feel well prepared to take action in many of my various communities (school, church, home).”


Youth Summit FAQ

Who is eligible to attend the Youth Summit?
Rising 9th – 12th graders are eligible to apply.  The students can be in public, private, or home school.

What will I be doing at the Youth Summit?
First and foremost, you will be learning about hunger and poverty issues. You will be participating in group activities, discussions and volunteer activities at the Food Bank and in the community. You will also spend time developing and refining an Action Step to address hunger in your community.  

What do you mean by Action Step?
A requirement of all Youth Summit participants, the Action Step takes place during the school year following the Youth Summit. The idea is for you to take what you learned and apply it to an action in your community. Popular examples include conducting a food drive at your school or creating a team for Hunger Walk.  

I am currently in 8th grade and my sister is in 12th grade. Can we apply?
You can apply as an 8th grader because we consider you a rising 9th grader. Unfortunately, your sister cannot apply because she is already in the 12th grade and is not a rising 12th grader.

Do I have to attend all 5 days?
Yes, it is required that you attend all days of the Summit and are able to be there all day each day. 

Where is the Youth Summit held?
The Youth Summit uses Atlanta Community Food Bank as home base and portions of the Summit will be held there. Field trips and service projects out in the community are also part of the week.

Do I have to provide my own transportation?

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please email or call 404-892-3333 ext. 2009.