September 8, 2022
At Atlanta Capital, we are committed to making a difference in our local community through volunteering, raising awareness, and providing financial support to help charitable organizations succeed.
Atlanta Capital Volunteers at the Atlanta Community Food Bank
On August 14 and 15, two groups of Atlanta Capital employees volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Action Center to help sort and pack food for our surrounding community in need.
On our second day volunteering, alongside volunteers from various other organizations, we broke the record for packing the most food in one shift! In total, we packed 33,370 lbs. of food, equating to 27,798 meals in two days.
On day one, we had less than half of the amount of volunteers than we did on the second day. Some volunteers had to work more than one station, and most had to unbox their own supplies and communicate shortages to staff. This caused delays and confusion, but we worked through it and packed a total of 13,770 pounds of food, equating to 11,475 meals.
On day two, there were more than twice the number of volunteers. This allowed for extra hands to unpack boxes and we formed an assembly line that moved almost seamlessly. By the end of the shift, we packed a total of 19,600 pounds of food, equating to 16,323 meals!
It was a great experience for a great cause, as well as a valuable reminder of how much we depend on each and every one of our Atlanta Capital team members, to do what we do every day.
About the Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating, and empowering our community. Its Hunger Action Center, located in Atlanta, is the largest food bank in the state of Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. Every month, the Hunger Action Center receives nearly 9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products, 22% of which is fresh produce.
Nearly 1 in 8 Georgians is living with food insecurity, including 1 in 6 children. Food insecurity refers to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.