BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TALKING POINTS
(For Use In Media Interviews On Atlanta Radio Stations)
The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission is to fight hunger by engaging,
educating and empowering the community.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
• The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes food and products to
more than 750 community-based, nonprofit partner organizations in
38 counties in North Georgia such as nursing homes, childcare centers,
• The Food Bank distributes more than 15 million pounds of food and
products every year to the region.
• The Atlanta Community Food Bank was founded in 1979, and has been
serving the community for over 25 years.
• To get involved or for more information, visit www.ACFB.org or call
• For every dollar donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 95
cents goes directly back to the community to help fight hunger.
KEY MESSAGE POINTS
• The face of hunger is diverse and transcends the barriers of race, sex,
age, cultural background and religion.
• Every $1 contributed to the Food Bank translates into $6.30 worth of
goods and services that are invested back into the community.
• One out of every six Georgia children is at risk of going hungry at
some point each month.
(Children’s Defense Fund)
• Some 3.5 million households obtained emergency food from food
pantries, churches, or food banks one or more times in 2003. (USDA,
• 17.1% of children in Georgia are living in poverty:
approximately 365,406 children
(US Census Bureau).
• 13.5% of senior citizens in Georgia are living in poverty, approximately
(U.S. Census Bureau).
• One out of four people living in Fulton County are living in poverty
(US Census Bureau).
ABOUT BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S COMMITMENT
TO FIGHT HUNGER AND POVERTY
• For years Springsteen has supported the Atlanta Community Food
Bank and other food banks around the country.
• The Atlanta Community Food Bank will have a table set up to
distribute literature and collect monetary donations to fight and end
hunger during Springsteen’s Devils & Dust concert in Atlanta on July
• Springsteen is the most prominent member of WHY’s Artists Against
Hunger & Poverty Program (AAHP).
• WHY is a nonprofit organization co-founded by the late singer-
songwriter Harry Chapin, and radio talk show host Bill Ayres.
ATLANTA BRAVES PITCHER JOHN SMOLTZ TALKING POINTS
(For Holiday Television Interviews)
Monetary pledges and donations to help the hungry from the Strike Out Hunger
baseball fundraising campaign for the Atlanta Community Food Bank are at an all-time
high even though baseball season ended early this year for the Atlanta Braves.
KEY MESSAGE POINTS
• I pledge $100 for each strike-out I achieve during the season as a part of an
annual fundraising effort with the Food Bank titled Strike Out Hunger.
This year’s totals reached $21,100 compared to last year’s totals of $16,900.
The fundraising campaign is actually doing the best it’s done in the campaign’s
• This year’s autograph sessions at Turner Field yielded more than 10,000
pounds of food opposed to approximately 9,000 pounds garnered last year.
The sessions allow supporters to bring any given item from home for me to
personally autograph in exchange for 20 cans of food or $20.
• Purchases of special collector’s items offered online on the Food Bank’s
website ACFB.org. have also sky-rocketed. Items--including autographed
limited-edition photographs, baseballs, official Smoltz Braves Jerseys and
gloves range from $25 to $1,500.
• Help fight hunger and get your holiday gift items by donating to the Atlanta
Community Food Bank’s Strike Out Hunger program. Fans who donate will
receive the following autographed items:
John Smoltz photo - $25 donation
Baseball Cap - $75 donation
Baseball - $150 donation
Official Glove - $325 donation
SMOLTZ TALKING POINTS—PAGE TWO
Official Smoltz Braves Jersey - $1,000 donation
All of the above – $1,500 donation
To receive your items before the holidays call 404-892-FEED, ext. 1256.
• Fans can participate in Strike Out Hunger not just during the holidays, but also
during baseball season. There are three ways to get involved:
⇒ Make a donation on-line and receive your personally autographed items in
⇒ Bring 20 cans of food or $20 dollars during baseball season to specially
selected Braves Home games and I will personally autograph one sports
item brought by each fan.
⇒ Mail a check or money order for your personally autographed items to Strike
Out Hunger, 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 and
receive autographed items in the mail.
• All canned food and money benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which
serves more than 800 hunger-relief agencies in 38 counties in metro Atlanta
and North Georgia
• At present, the Atlanta Community Food Bank is in need of donations of all
kinds – both monetary and food.
GEORGIA HUNGER AND POVERTY STATISTICS
• More than one million Georgians are living in poverty. This is the equivalent of
more than 20 sold out games at Turner Field
(U.S. Census Bureau, 2003).
ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank annually distributes more than 23
million pounds of food to more than 800 community-based hunger-relief organizations
in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank
leads seven distinct community-building projects: Atlanta’s Table, Community Garden
Initiative, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids in Need, Product Rescue Center and
The Atlanta Collaborative Kitchen (TACK). For more information about the Food Bank,
call (404) 892-3333 or visit www.ACFB.org.
WALMART/SAM’S CLUB – AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST
PARTNERSHIP TALKING POINTS
Beginning March 1st America’s Second Harvest and Wal-Mart will be
launching an in-store promotion and advertising effort, Solutions To
End Hunger, to help raise money and awareness for the network of
food banks around the country.
The promotion will include paper icon puzzle pieces that will be sold to
customers during check out at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. The
target goal for the endeavor is $10 million dollars: $5 million will be
raised from customer support and Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs will
match $5 million.
KEY MESSAGE POINTS
• This is a new relationship that was created through America’s
Second Harvest in Chicago, Illinois.
• America’s Second Harvest and food banks across the country
have a history of partnering with large retail grocers for salvage
product, nutritious food, and assorted items. Since Wal-Mart is
the largest grocer in the country, it is a natural choice for
America’s Food Bank Network to create this new relationship.
• The Atlanta Community Food Bank has partnerships with almost
every major grocery company in America. These partnerships
support those in need and help provide hundreds of thousands
meals and groceries to low-income people in Metro Atlanta and
throughout North Georgia.
WALMART TALKING POINTS—PAGE TWO
• The collected funds will be distributed through an America’s
Second Harvest grant process that will allow food banks across
the country to access funds for:
⇒ Nutritious food programs
⇒ Backpack programs (a program that provides supplement
food when children in need are away from school)
⇒ Agency sustainability programs (which help strengthen the
hunger-related initiatives of nonprofits)
• To ensure the safety of all of our food, we always inquire about
safe-food handling practices and food quality, but we don’t seek
information about the specifics and details of internal business and
human resource policies.
• So many organizations, grocers, and corporations believe it is
important to reach out to their community. We are always humbled
and grateful for all of the help and support we have received to help
assist Georgia’s more than 1 million children, elders and working
poor who are living in poverty.
ACFB STAFF TALKING POINTS
CALLS, VISITORS AND INFO REGARDING
(Please note the following will instructions are subject to change daily, please check daily for
newly distributed information)
WHAT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK IS DOING IN SUPPORT OF HURRICANE KATRINA
ACFB, as a member of America’s Second Harvest, has joined GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management
Agency), The United Way, DFACS, the American Red Cross, and several of our partner agencies to support
disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast area.
The most immediate use of our assistance will be to help the thousands of people evacuating from the Gulf
Coast who are using Atlanta area hotels, colleges, hospitals, and homes for what could be months of temporary
shelter and food assistance.
ACFB will continue to distribute food and other donated products to more than 750 nonprofit partner agencies
that assist low-income Georgians, serving 38 counties across North Georgia.
WHERE TO DIRECT EVACUEES OR VICTIMS HERE IN ATLANTA REQUESTING FOOD OR SUPPORT
Direct all walk-in visitors needing food or assistance to Antioch Baptist Church North, 466 Northside Drive, S.W.,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303, phone (404) 527-5796. The front desk receptionist and CS staff will also have a
handout with the most updated listing of new shelters and/or food assistance locations.
WHERE TO DIRECT CALLERS AND VISITORS THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE CASH DONATIONS, FOOD
DONATIONS OR HOLD A FOOD DRIVE FOR HURRICANE KATRINA:
For callers or visitors seeking information about where to make cash donations, food donations or hold a food
drive in support of Hurricane Katrina victims, direct them to visit www.ACFB.org or call the special hotline at
WHERE TO DIRECT WALK-IN VISITORS WITH FOOD DONATIONS
Direct all walk-in visitors with food donations to the main lobby. Barrels will be available there for small
donations. Larger donations will be referred to the Receiving Dock.
WHERE TO DIRECT WAL- IN VISITORS WITH CASH DONATIONS
Call the Marketing Department or Development Department to receive any cash donations from walk-in visitors.
PRC SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS ON WALK-IN VISITORS WITH CASH DONATIONS
Please contact the Product Rescue Center Manager for special instructions regarding any cash donations made
during the evenings or Saturdays thru the Product Rescue Center (PRC).
WHERE TO DIRECT CALLS OR INQUIRIES FROM THE MEDIA
Direct all media (television, radio, newspaper) calls to Natasha Daniels, Communications Manager at ext. 1254
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ATLANTA APARTMENT ASSOCIATION FOOD A THON 2007
(For Television Media Interviews)
Food A Thon is a massive annual food drive coordinated by the Atlanta
Apartment Association to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
The theme is “Space Out Hunger.”
Currently AAA represents more than 1,400 members, consisting of 400
companies managing approximately 320,000 apartment homes and
more than 1,000 businesses that provide products and services to the
⇒ For the last 5 months metro area apartment communities
supported this initiative benefiting the Atlanta Community Food
⇒ You can still contribute to the drive after Oct. 18th by dropping
off any donations at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732
Joseph E. Lowery Blvd, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318
⇒ Every $1 contributed to the Food Bank translates into $8.25
worth of goods and services that are invested back into the
⇒ At present, the Atlanta Community Food Bank is in need of
donations of all kinds – both monetary and food. The drive
helps the food bank provide for the holidays as well as
ATLANTA APT. ASSOCIATION-PAGE TWO
helps continue the work they do in the community everyday.
⇒ In 2005, The Atlanta Apartment Association raised
$610,324 and more than 260,000 pounds of food.
⇒ This is the 21st year that the Atlanta Apartment Association has
conducted this initiative
⇒ Visit www.foodathon.org for more information
⇒ Food-A-Thon is an annual community service project of the
Atlanta Apartment Association.
⇒ The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission is to fight
hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community
⇒ Food-A-Thon is the single most significant contribution made to
a charitable organization by the Atlanta Apartment Association.
⇒ The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes hundreds of
thousands of pounds of groceries each month to more than 800
community-based, nonprofit partner organizations
Head Start Programs
Residential Treatment Centers
⇒ And Other Service Programs
⇒ Visit www.ACFB.org for more information or call 404-892-
ATLANTA APT. ASSOCIATION-PAGE THREE
KEY MESSAGE POINTS
• Food and financial donations benefit underprivileged residents in
the Food Bank’s 38-county service area in metro Atlanta and
• The Food Bank serves as a distribution hub that allows
organizations in the community to have access to nutritious
foods and other needed products.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
• The Food Bank began in 1979 as an emergency food provider
in the basement of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown
• The Atlanta Community Food Bank is one of Atlanta’s largest
• Most needed items include:
canned fruits and vegetables
canned tuna and salmon
macaroni and cheese dinners
Dried milk and juices
• In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank leads seven major
projects: Atlanta’s Table, The Atlanta Collaborative Kitchen
(TACK), the Community Gardening Initiative, Kids In Need, the
Product Rescue Center, Hunger 101 and the Hunger Walk/Run.
FOR EVIAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. PRESIDENT ERIC LEVENTHAL
(For Press Conference and Check Presentation
with Atlanta Community Food Bank Executive Director Bill Bolling)
⇒ In honor of National Hunger Awareness Day, Evian dedicated the
entire month of June towards raising awareness about the issue of
hunger in Georgia, while bringing together more than 30 area
restaurants to support this cause.
KEY MESSAGE POINTS:
• This initiative brought attention to not only the year-round needs of
Georgia’s working poor and senior citizens, but also brought
awareness to the issue of summer hunger. Every summer, many of
Georgia’s children go hungry when school is out.
• Evian’s generous donation will allow for the purchase of an Atlanta’s
Table special truck. (AT truck will be parked out front during the
media event as a visual for photographers)
• The Food Bank was in need of monetary donations to begin
updating and/or replacing the current fleet of trucks. These
trucks are special temperature-controlled vehicles that
carefully collect and transport donated food.
• Atlanta’s Table began in 1987, to address problems of local hunger
and wasted prepared food in the Atlanta Food-service industry.
• Atlanta’s Table receives excess prepared food from hotels,
restaurants, caterers and corporate dining facilities.
• Atlanta’s Table is one of the first projects of its kind in the nation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2006
678-789-4255 or 678-553-6010
HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO VOTE
ON FEEDING CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER
ATLANTA (March 16, 2006) -- The House Education Committee will be voting
on House Bill 1098 next week. The small bill has giant implications for Georgia’s low-
income children–it will make sure they have food to eat during the summer months when
out of school.
During the school year, more than 1.7 million Georgia children receive subsidized
breakfast and lunch. Low-income children are eligible to receive free or reduced cost
meals at school. While federal funding exists for a companion program during the
summer, currently only 1 in 17 eligible children receive the meals.
One of the intriguing aspects of this bill is its bipartisan support in the midst of a
contentious year between state Republicans and Democrats. Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dekalb)
underscored the logic of the broad support for the bill, “It’s about feeding kids, for Pete’s
sake.” A legislative subcommittee of nine Republicans and five Democrats unanimously
passed the Bill on to the Education Committee. Four Republicans and one Democrat
signed as the bill’s original sponsors
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“Every summer the requests from low-income parents to local church pantries
skyrocket,” said Dr. Kathy Palumbo, Community Services Director of the Atlanta
Community Food Bank. “The provisions of this bill will accomplish a number of things:
feed hungry children, draw down millions of federal tax dollars, help employ school food
service workers during the summer and provide business to grocers and farmers.”
There are 18 counties, which have no summer Food Service Programs, and
141 counties with programs that could use help expanding access and participation.
Sponsors of HB 1098 hope the legislation will increase both. Rep. Kathy Ashe noted,
“We did the same thing with the School Breakfast Program about 10 years ago. Georgia
went from 48th in the nation to 8th in the nation. We can accomplish the same outcome
with the Summer Food Service Program.”
The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) administer Georgia’s
Summer Food Service Program. It is projected that by raising the daily participation rate
to 40% of the eligible children, the state could recoup as much as $7 million during the
month of July alone.
For more information link to the bill:
For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, see:
HUNDREDS GATHER FOR FOOD PARADE ON THURSDAY
--Apartment Association’s 21st Annual Food Drive Culminates In Celebration and the
Donation of More Than the Equivalent of 1.5 Million Pounds of Food for the Holidays--
A parade including a three-mile long line of decorated floats, trucks and cars; space ships;
corporate apartment officials dressed in Space Costumes, as Mr. Spock and other Star Trek
characters; DJ’s from Project 9.6.1 radio station; more than 500 people from housing
communities throughout Metro Atlanta.
Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Atlanta Apartment
The Atlanta Apartment Association
(AAA), the multi-family housing trade
association for the Atlanta metro area.
Currently AAA represents
approximately 1,400 members,
consisting of 400 companies managing
more than 320,000 apartment homes
and more than 1,000 businesses that
provide products and services to the
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007
10 a.m. to 12 noon
“Space Out Hunger” the 21st annual Atlanta Apartment Association’s Food Drive. The drive
includes more than 1 million metro area apartment
residents, apartment companies, community employees,
and vendors who compete against one another to raise the
most awareness, funding, canned food, and nonperishable
The Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30311
(Not to be confused with 732 Joseph E. Lowery, S.W.)
An effort to raise food and funding for those in need in
Metro Atlanta and North Georgia for the upcoming holiday
ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta
Community Food Bank provides food
and other donated products to more
than 800 nonprofit partner agencies in
Atlanta and North Georgia. In
addition to food distribution, the Food
Bank has a number of community-
building projects including Atlanta’s
Table, Community Garden, Hunger
101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need,
Product Rescue Center and the Atlanta
Collaborative Kitchen (TACK). For
more information about the Food Bank
and its ongoing projects, call (404)
892-FEED or visit www.ACFB.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDIA CONTACT:
(678) 553-6010, office
KEVIN RATHBUN’S NEW STEAKHOUSE TO HOST
‘SUPPER CLUB’ EVENT IN HONOR OF HUNGER AWARENESS DAY
ATLANTA (May 1, 2007) — One of Atlanta’s upcoming dinner hot-spots will soon be
launched at the end of the month by renowned Chef Kevin Rathbun in the Inman Park
neighborhood. Although the innovative steakhouse hasn’t officially opened its doors, Rathbun
has already planned to lend a helping hand to the hungry in Atlanta by hosting a popular
fundraising event at his restaurant called Supper Club.
Supper Club, a special benefit that takes place around town every month at various
restaurants, will be held on Tuesday, June 5, at Kevin Rathbun Steak restaurant. The evening
will be one of many events going on throughout the city in honor of Hunger Awareness Day (a
national observance). To get involved, supporters can simply have dinner at Kevin Rathbun
Steak on June 5. At the end of the night, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the overall
proceeds to Atlanta’s Table, a program at the Food Bank.
Kevin Rathbun Steak is located a block from his other two restaurants Rathbun’s and
Krog Bar. The new location, designed by Johnson Studio of Atlanta, holds 180 seats, a wine
cellar and tower, an open kitchen, and two private dining rooms. “I wanted to be [located] in a
neighborhood, but still have the feel of a big city,” said Rathbun.
Supper Club was created informally in the late 1990s to celebrate the partnership
between Atlanta’s Table and Atlanta’s hospitality community. Atlanta’s Table provides
approximately 40,000 pounds of prepared food for Atlanta’s hungry each month. The Supper
Club event allows diners the convenience of enjoying meals at some of Atlanta’s hottest
restaurants while supporting their community.
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“I am excited about partnering with Kevin Rathbun once again in this effort,” said Daphne
Hill, marketing and projects director for the Food Bank. “Kevin’s restaurants have been hosts of
Supper Club before and the evenings were always a resounding success! His support and
national reputation makes a powerful statement about the importance of the Food Bank in Metro
To make reservations for “Supper Club,” call 404-524-5600. The restaurant is located at
154 Krog St., Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more information or to receive a monthly invite to
Supper Club visit www.ACFB.org/events/supper_club or contact Daphne Hill at 678-553-5996 or
daphne.hill@ACFB.org . Supper Club is sponsored by Ethic Inc., Jezebel magazine,
TrendCRM, and 92.9 dave fm.
Natasha Daniels, Public Relations Manager
Cell: 678- 789-4255
CANNED FOOD SCULPTURES TO HELP ATLANTA’S HUNGRY
Atlanta (August 1, 2007)—Atlanta design teams consisting of local contractors,
engineers, designers and architects, will convert commonplace canned food into
amazing, larger-than-life sculptures in a national competition event entitled
CANSTRUCTION. This special exhibit will be held for one week only, Friday, Nov. 9
through Friday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at the Underground Atlanta (located
at 50 Upper Alabama Street SW., Atlanta, GA 30303.)
This free event exhibits thousands of pounds of canned goods constructed into
striking, architecturally-designed sculptures. The various design teams are required to
use nothing but cans, tape, cardboard, rubber bands, string, Plexiglas and wire, to
create sculptures of everything from castles to cartoon characters.
Assembly of the colossal sculptures will take place, Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 to
9:30 p.m. at Underground Atlanta, in a timed, seven-hour period.
Following the seven-hour build-out of the structures a select panel of
prominent Atlanta jurors will name winners in eight categories, including Best
Use of Labels, Best Meal, and Best Structural Ingenuity. Winners will be announced
Friday, Nov. 10 from 7-9 p.m. in a special gala. Atlanta’s CANSTRUCTION winners
will be entered into a national competition.
Concluding the competition, gala and weeklong showcase, all of the canned
food will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Food Bank will then
distribute the nonperishable food to more than 100 nonprofits in Metro Atlanta and North
Georgia including child-care facilities, senior centers, shelters and food pantries.
The event will be organized by The Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects (AIA Atlanta), the Atlanta Society for Design Administration and is sponsored
by The Kroger Co., Here to Serve Restaurants and Underground Atlanta Hotel.
For more information about CANSTRUCTION or the Atlanta Community Food
Bank, please call Natasha Daniels at 678.553-6010. Also visit www.canstruction.org,
www.ACFB.org, or www.aiaatlanta.org.
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Natasha Daniels
ART-CHITECTURE AND GOODWILL JOIN
FORCES AT ‘CANSTRUCTION’
CANSTRUCTION event showcases extraordinary structures,
Benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank
ATLANTA (October 17, 2005) – Atlanta architects,
engineers, contractors and designers have joined
creative forces to help fight hunger in a national
competition, appropriately titled CANSTRUCTION—
an event that showcases extraordinary, larger-than-
life, colorful sculptures—held Friday, Nov. 11
through Friday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the
main atrium at Colony Square in Midtown.
The free, community event exhibits approximately
40,000 pounds of canned goods constructed into
beautiful, architecturally designed sculptures. Using
nothing but cans, tape, cardboard, rubber bands,
string, Plexiglas and wire, the participating teams will
erect sculptures of everything from castles to cartoon
The CANSTRUCTION competition allots competing
design teams just seven hours on Thursday, Nov. 10, to
construct winning structures that possibly will
consist of thousands of individual cans per structure.
Following the seven-hour build-out of the structures
on Friday, Nov. 11, a select panel of prominent Atlanta
jurors will name winners in eight categories, including
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Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Best Structural
Ingenuity. Winners will be announced that evening
(Friday, Nov. 11) from 7-9 p.m. at a special Gala
Celebration surrounded by the colossal sculptures,
in the main atrium at Colony Square.
Concluding the competition, gala and weeklong
showcase, all of the canned food is donated to the
Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Food Bank will
then distribute the foods to Metro Atlanta and North
Georgia child-care facilities, senior centers, shelters
and food pantries.
“The industry professionals involved are putting their
vision and talents to good use with a very creative
effort to fight hunger in our community,” said Atlanta
Community Food Bank Executive Director Bill
Bolling. “ CANSTRUCTION is truly a ‘feast for the
“It’s a fun exhibit that helps a serious cause in our
community,” said Stephen Moon, chairman of the
CANSTRUCTION. “Architects, designers, engineers
and students have devoted their time, resources and
efforts to participate in a creative way of fighting
hunger in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.”
Atlanta’s CANSTRUCTION competition is part of a
national community project of the design and
construction industries. The event is being organized
by The Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects (AIA Atlanta), the Atlanta Society for
Design Administration and is sponsored by The
Kroger Co., Here to Serve Restaurants and Sheraton
Midtown Atlanta Hotel at Colony Square.
For more information about CANSTRUCTION and
the Atlanta Community Food Bank, please call
Natasha Daniels at 678.553-6010. You can also visit
www.canstruction.org, www.ACFB.org, or
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(678) 553-6010 office
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SMOLTZ’S STRIKE OUTS SCORE WINNING FUNDRAISING SEASON
FOR THE FOOD BANK
ATLANTA (October 24, 2006)—Monetary pledges and donations to help the hungry from
John Smoltz’s baseball fundraising campaign for the Atlanta Community Food Bank are at an all-time
high even though baseball season ended early this year for the Atlanta Braves.
Each year, Smoltz personally pledges $100 for each strike-out he achieves during the season as
a part of an annual fundraising effort with the Food Bank titled Strike Out Hunger. This year’s
totals—which should have been affected by the Braves’ early postseason exit—reached a whooping
$21,100 compared to last year’s totals of $16,900.
“We have surpassed our goal in pledges already!” said Holly Royston, marketing and
promotions manager for the Food Bank. “Last year’s totals went all the way through the holiday
season, yet this year we’ve already had the best fundraising season in the program’s history.”
Another successful facet of this year’s Strike Out Hunger campaign includes the autograph
sessions at Turner Field featuring Smoltz. The sessions allow supporters to bring any given item from
home for Smoltz to personally autograph in exchange for 20 cans of food or $20. The numbers are up
for this aspect of the campaign too. This year’s autograph sessio ns hosted by the Atlanta Braves
Foundation yielded more than 10,000 pounds of food opposed to approximately 9,000 pounds garnered
The third component of the Strike Out Hunger campaign involves special collector’s items
offered online by Smolt z at the Food Bank’s website ACFB.org. Purchases of items--including
autographed limited-edition photographs, baseballs, official Smoltz Braves Jerseys and gloves ranging
from $25 to $1,250--have also sky-rocketed. “We are looking forward to an extra pus h in pledges
from Smoltz and Braves fans for his collector’s items as gifts for the holidays,” said Royston.
Collector’s items will be available through the holiday season on the food bank’s website, in
ChopTalk Magazine, and by calling the Strike Out Hunger hotline 404-892-FEED, ext. 1246.
To date, Smoltz’s efforts have raised more than $300,000 since the campaign began in 1997
and more than 80,000 pounds of food to help those in need in North Georgia.
For almost a decade, Smoltz’s commitment to fight hunger and support the food bank has
furthered the organization’s mission. It has also garnered him national recognition for his community
service as the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente award, an honor presented to a major
league baseball player during the World Series for an individual who combines outstanding play on the
field with devoted work in the community.
“The Strike Out Hunger program has provided a community awareness tool that supports the
food bank’s more than 800 nonprofit organizations, including after-school programs, food pantries,
and soup kitchens,” said Janice Reece, director of marketing and projects.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank annually distributes more than 23 million pounds
of food to more than 800 community-based hunger-relief organizations in Metro Atlanta and North
Georgia. In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank leads seven distinct community-building
projects: Atlanta’s Table, Community Garden Initiative, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids in Need,
Product Rescue Center and The Atlanta Collaborative Kitchen (TACK). For more information about
the Food Bank, call (404) 892-3333 or visit www.ACFB.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 28, 2006
16th ANNIVERSARY YOM KIPPUR FOOD DRIVE
PLANS TO EXCEED LAST YEAR’S EFFORTS
ATLANTA (July 31, 2006) – More than 30 Atlanta area
FASTING & REFLECTION …
synagogues, schools, and community centers will join to donate
? Beginning with Rosh Hashanah and
canned goods and nonperishable food to the Atlanta Community ending with Yom Kippur – or the Day
Food Bank on the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, Sunday, Oct. 1. of Atonement – the High Holy Days
mark the most solemn period in the
The total pounds donated in this annual drive are estimated to Jewish calendar.
surpass last year’s achievement of 33,726 pounds. ? Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New
Year – marks the day when all are
During this effort, many of Atlanta’s Jewish residents will
judged for the coming year; begins at
unite to further the call of Isaiah (to share bread with the hungry) sundown Oct. 3.
by donating to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for the ? Yom Kippur marks when the judgment
is sealed. Yom Kippur is a 25-hour
appropriately title d food drive, Operation Isaiah.
period of fasting that begins this year at
Operation Isaiah was founded in 1990 by one of the sundown Oct. 12 and ends at nightfall
city’s oldest and largest-member synagogues, Ahavath Achim.
Since then, the annual food drive has progressed into a citywide ? Kol Nidre, a prelude to the Day of
Atonement, emphasizes Jewish
opportunity for Jewish residents to celebrate one of the most fellowship and the sense of human
inadequacy and prepares Jews for the
solemn periods in the Jewish calendar through giving and soul-cleansing Day of Atonement.
sacrifice. ? A listing of service times and other
Throughout its sixteen-year history, Operation Isaiah has information for the High Holy Days can
be found on the Jewish Federation of
provided more than 500,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank. Greater Atlanta's Web site,
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“Operation Isaiah is an incredible gift to all people at risk of going hungry. Not only does it raise an
amazing amount of food donations, this campaign also nurtures the spirit of our community and unites neighbors of
Metro Atlanta as they care for one another,” said Bill Bolling, the food bank’s executive director and founder.
Families and individuals observing the High Holy Days begin their personal fasts by donating bags of
nonperishable foods to the Food Bank. Collected foods are then distributed to more than 800 partner nonprofit
organizations in Atlanta and North Georgia that help feed children, elderly citizens and working poor families who
otherwise might go without food.
Ahavath Achim continues to generate the highest level of contributions in the city under the leadership of
the synagogue’s Community Action Committee.
For more information or to obtain bags/barrels for your location, please contact Julia Blackmon at
the Food Bank at 404.892.FEED, Ext. 1227, or Julia.email@example.com.
LAST YEAR’S CONTRIBUTORS
The 15th anniversary of Operation Isaiah held last year brought in 33,726 pounds of food and
nonperishable items from thirty-nine gracious participants. These synagogues, schools, and community centers
Ahavath Achim Synagogue; Atlanta Jewish Community Center; MJCC Zaban Branch;
Atlanta Jewish Federation; Congregation Ariel; Congregation Bet Haverim;
Congregation Beth Jacob; Congregation Beth Shalom; Congregation Beth Tefillah;
Congregation B’nai Dorot; Congregation B’nai Israel; Congregation On B’nai Torah;
Congregation Dor Tamid; Congregation Etz Chaim; Congregation Or Hadash;
Congregation Or Ve Shalome; Congregation Shearith Israel; Grennifield Hebrew Academy;
Lev shalem Havurah; Shema Yisreal; The Temple; Temple Emanu-El; Temple Beth Tikvah;
Temple Beth David; Temple Kehillat Chaim; Temple Kol Emeth; Temple Shir Shalom;
The Epstein School; Torah Day School; Yeshiva; Young Yisreal; Walton High School;
Gesher Torah; Shaari Shamayin; The Davis Academy; Hillels of Georgia;
Hillels of Georgia (Atlanta); and The William Breman Jewish Home.
For the 16th anniversary of Operation Isaiah, the Food Bank looks forward to expanding the number of
charitable donators and participating synagogues, schools, and community centers.
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ABOUT THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank provides food and other donated products to more
than 800 nonprofit partner agencies in Atlanta and North Georgia. In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank
has a number of community-building projects including Atlanta's Table , Community Garden, Hunger 101, Hunger
Walk/Run, Kids In Need, Product Rescue Center and The Atlanta Collaborative Kitchen (TACK). For more
information about the Food Bank and its ongoing projects, call (404) 892-3333 or visit www.ACFB.org.
On Oct. 1 at 6 p.m., more than 1,400 Jewish families, children and elders from metro Atlanta will arrive at
Ahavath Achim Synagogue carrying huge boxes and grocery sacks of food and other non-perishable items for
donation to the Food Bank.