Georgia Magazine - August 2017 - 19
they come together voluntarily to
see opportunities to work together
statewide and engage statewide
partners. It's a beautiful network."
These regional food banks
are not direct distributors of food;
instead, they partner with more
than 2,000 nonprofits, churches and
civic organizations to coordinate
food aid and needed services. The
local agencies already serve their
transportation for clients in sparsely
populated rural areas or helping
compensate for the lack of public
transportation in some suburban
counties. As GFBA members, the
regional food banks use statewide
food and fund drives to maximize
the impact and availability of donations.
Corporate campaigns fuel a
Sarah Jackson, corporate partnerships manager for the GFBA,
has helped steer several of these
campaigns. The GFBA has partnered
with the Georgia General Assembly
to turn the annual Wild
Hog Supper, which has
kicked off every legislative session
in Atlanta since 1962, into a fundraiser. She also has helped coordinate
friendly fundraising competitions
with the accounting (Georgia Accounting Food Fight), technology
(Bytes for Bites) and legal (Georgia
Legal Food Frenzy) communities,
and their impact has been significant.
"The Georgia Legal Food Frenzy
is a critical campaign that assists
many families in our state by putting
food on their tables, and it provides
an excellent opportunity for publicprivate sector entities to challenge
each other outside the office or the
courtroom for a worthy cause," says
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.
Last year's campaign raised $300,000
and 5 million pounds of donated
food. "We've been so impressed by
the generosity of Georgia's legal community. We are honored to do our
part with their unyielding support for
Jackson says the friendly competition benefits from a lot of buildup.
"[The organizations] get statewide
recognition, even though the food
and funds raised benefit their local
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Top: Food bank partner agencies receive a
variety of fresh produce throughout the year.
All of Georgia's regional food banks have
expanded their cooler capacities in order to
handle more fresh produce.
Top left: Columbus-based Feeding the Valley
Food Bank serves 13 counties in West Georgia. Volunteers in its LaGrange warehouse
assist in distributing food to agencies in
Troup, Harris, Meriwether and Talbot counties.
Above: Food banks distribute food through
a network of community-based partners,
such as St. Anne Community Outreach in Columbus. St. Anne has an on-site food pantry
staffed by volunteers and offers a clothing
bank and assistance with rent and utilities to
help families get back on their feet. Last year
St. Anne served more than 10,000 families in
the Columbus area.