September isn't any old month for us at the Food Bank. It's Hunger Action Month--the time when all Feeding America food banks across the nation ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.
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I want to take a moment to share with you how grateful I am to serve as the new President and CEO of Atlanta Community Food Bank. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. The challenges and opportunities facing us have never been more exciting. Our future has never looked more promising.
Through our extensive partnership network and collaborations, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Food Oasis are always looking for ways to infuse innovative ideas to strengthen the local food system and provide better access to fresh, healthy foods in local communities.
Atlanta Community Food Bank and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta Contemporary) came together last week to conduct an inaugural art-themed session of the Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. The result of months of collaboration and planning, the week-long program hosted at Atlanta Contemporary brought together 12 exceptional Atlanta high school students who dedicated a week out of their summer to provide service in the community and enhance their education about hunger, poverty, and learn about social practice art and artists.
July 20th marked the opening of Kids In Need for the 2015/2016 school year. Kids In Need is a “free store for teachers” that was founded in 2000 by the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The program provides school supplies to teachers from schools where 80% of students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides fresh, nutritious food to more than 755,000 Georgians facing hunger each year across greater Atlanta and North Georgia, has named Kyle Waide as its new President and CEO.
Waide has served for three years as Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Vice President of Partner Operations, leading the organization to record-breaking years of food distribution to the community. He follows Founder and Executive Director Bill Bolling, who announced in 2014 that he would step down from his position, following 36 years of leadership.
This school year, according to the Georgia Department of Education, some 1.1 million children were enrolled to receive free and reduced price meals. When these kids are released for summer break, their parents will be faced with the task of feeding their families without that support.
Did you know that May 25th is National Brown-Bag-It day? If not, I’m betting you’re not alone. National Brown-Bag-It Day is a simple observance reminding us that there is a more affordable and nutritious option than fast food to enjoy at lunchtime. It is also an occasion to celebrate and challenge our creativity and thriftiness! In my opinion, packing lunches has become a lost art. On a regular basis, I watch as friends and colleagues spend ten dollars or more on mid-day restaurant meals that are less nutritious than what could be brought from home.
When my mother, Jennie Tate Anderson, died in 1985, I was brokenhearted. I decided to do something for someone else in her honor. That summer, I began volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, sorting bread at first, then checking agency orders by hand.
When I first began the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 1979, people often said to me, “I hope you can work yourself out of a job.” And I guess in the beginning that was my simple goal – no more hunger in a land of plenty. It seemed like a reasonable goal at the time since 30 percent of what we grew and packaged was unmarketable, often being sent to the landfill. Maybe all we needed, I thought, was a better logistics system.
Hungering at a Deeper Level