The first time I met Bill Bolling was six years ago. I was a teenager and I’d recently participated in the Food Bank’s first annual Youth Summit – a unique program that empowers local high schoolers to get involved in the fight against hunger. Each day during the Summit, my peers and I were challenged to consider the intersecting topics of hunger and poverty. We grappled with the how’s and why’s of these issues: What, we wondered, could possibly justify the inequalities we were witnessing? And why wasn’t more being done about it?
Ellie is a senior at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw who attended the June 2014 session of the Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty held at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Over the course of the Summit, Ellie and 19 other teens learned how hunger and poverty impacts their community through educational sessions and activities; they also served the community by volunteering at a community garden, mobile food pantry, and ACFB’s Product Rescue Center. Each student made a commitment to complete a Hunger Fighting Action Step during the next school year.
Jada participated in the July session of the 2013 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. She found herself impacted greatly by the Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) volunteer experience. Along with the other Youth Summit participants and community volunteers, Jada helped distribute food to over 300 families at Collins Memorial United Methodist Church. She noted that many of the clients did not have good quality bags to carry their food. Jada decided to use her Hunger Fighting Action Step to attack the need. Her goal was to collect 500 reusable bags to be donated to ACFB to use at a MFP.
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.