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.
(Editor's Note: This is the second in a series from our communications intern, Mollie, as she spends the summer here at ACFB.)
I like to think that I have settled into life at the Atlanta Community Food Bank by now. I know most of the people that work around me, I’ve finally memorized all of my passwords, and I’m getting the hang of typing on a PC keyboard. However, there’s still so many aspects of the Food Bank I have yet to experience, as I was reminded when I volunteered at the Grocery Floor.
(Editor's Note: This is the first in a series from our communications intern, Mollie, as she spends the summer here at ACFB.)
My name is Mollie, and I’m the summer communications intern at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Originally from Atlanta, I just finished my freshman year at Northwestern University in Illinois, where I am majoring in Journalism and double minoring in History and Gender & Sexuality Studies.
This week, we had some players and cheerleaders from the Atlanta Falcons come and volunteer in the Product Rescue Center. Players Dominique Franks, Bradie Ewing, Jordan Mabin, Corey Peters and Jonathan Massaquoi and cheerleaders Micki and Hope sorted, packed and weighed product in an afternoon with other volunteers from YP and the community. Not only did the group sort and pack 11,585 pounds (or 9,654 meals), we like to think they had fun too.
I volunteered at the ACFB once before and really enjoyed the experience. So, I was excited to volunteer there again, except this time with my firm, Porter Keadle Moore! I didn’t expect us to get a tour of the facility as part of our community service outing…That was a very pleasant bonus! The tour guide told us a lot about the history of the food bank and their role in the Atlanta community. I learned that they are more far-reaching than I would have ever suspected, serving many areas outside of metro Atlanta and even in other states.
Recently, the Food Bank’s Volunteer department got a brand new assistant. This assistant tracks available volunteer opportunities, allows you to sign up for them and maintains volunteer profiles. Sounds like a superhero, right? Surprise: it’s a new volunteer management system!
Last week, we hosted 18 high school students from across the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s service area for the summer’s first Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. Through interactive and hands-on experiences, the annual four-day summit educates teens about hunger and poverty issues in Georgia and our nation.
Monday marked the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service across the nation. Like a lot of organizations, we hosted a day of service which included community gardening, sorting food and produce, working in Kids In Need and fixing up our food drive barrels. Volunteers from places like Impact Church, Turner Broadcasting and Morehouse College, Dr. King's alma mater, came bright and early that morning ready to work. And it's incredible what they accomplished. They...
Our wonderful city is a bustling business hub, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank LOVES it when trade shows come to town! Two trade shows coming to the Georgia World Congress Center provide a great opportunity for the Food Bank to procure thousands of pounds of food and school supplies. At the conclusion of the shows, many of the participating vendors will donate their products on display to ACFB, and volunteers are needed to help us glean the items from the show floor.
November and December are definitely THE most popular months of the year to volunteer. ‘Tis the season of giving, and many people’s thoughts naturally turn to helping those less fortunate than themselves. So much so, that the majority of our volunteer shifts are filled weeks – even months – in advance of the holiday season.
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!