Monday, June 4, 2018
ACFB Summer Commitment Campaign
I received a letter from the Atlanta Community Food Bank in May reminding me about the hard time a lot of school-aged kids have during the summer months of the year. "When school's out, kids don't have access to school breakfast and lunch programs. That leaves a big gap for moms and dads to fill." Donations slow down during the summer months, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank needs our help to make sure families in need are not forgotten about!
So what can we do?
The ACFB is asking us to "make a special three-month commitment to help feed our neighbors in greatest need this summer." They are asking that we commit to gifting $50 or $75 for the months of June, July, and August. (Sorry this email is coming so late! I would have put this in the newsletter from last month, but I did not check my mail soon enough.) There's still time for us to give for July and August! Our donations "will be put to work immediately to provide healthy food for our neighbors..."
"This summer alone, we will provide food for nearly 16 million meals to people in need. Kids suffer the most in the summer because when school ends, so do the meals they receive through school breakfast and lunch programs."
Mobile Food Pantries
"Every week we deliver truckloads of wholesome food directly to hungry children, families, and seniors in our most rural, underserved communities. Up to 200 people at a time can get the groceries they need at easy-to-reach locations right in their own neighborhood."
"Demand for fresh produce grows each year. We work with over 100 gardens through greater Atlanta to help low-income families grow their own food. We also mobilize local gardeners and Georgia growers to donate a portion of their harvest to feed hungry neighbors."
I don't know about you, but each month I dedicate 10% of my paycheck to a charity (usually it's Hands On Atlanta, but for the next 3 months I'll make it ACFB). If you're able to do the same, go for it! If 10% of your check comes out to be $60-something, give $50 to the ACFB, then treat yourself to something with the extra $10 (or put that $10 in your savings). By doing this, you can reward yourself for helping others. Just something to think about =)!
If you're not able to do 10% of your check, just give what you can! Every bit helps, and, as you've seen in the image above, each dollar really does matter!
President and CEO of the ACFB, Kyle Waide, reminds us:
"Remember, every time you give to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, you help elderly people who need costly medications and can't afford to buy food. You help young families stretching every dollar to make ends meet. And, you help children who have no school lunch programs to go to during the summer."