The Atlanta Community Food Bank helps serve thousands by providing food to those in need throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Food is donated and collected at a massive facility near central Atlanta and then sorted and packed into boxes to be distributed by various partner agencies to low-income Georgia citizens. The food is sorted and packed with the help of local volunteers. This is where our team helped out.
Atlanta team members Melanie Hoffman, Director, and Zach Gay, Associate Technical Consultant, shared the following experiences:
“We volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Product Rescue Center this summer. There, we divided ourselves into three separate roles:
- Group A sifted through food items looking for items that could not be distributed such as breads and chocolates. (The chocolates, unfortunately, could not go.)
- Group B took the items that were not tossed out by Group A to check for expiration dates.
- Group C then took the remaining items not tossed out from the previous two groups and placed the items into boxes that were then loaded onto a truck.
“The event was energetic and exciting with fun pop music playing over the radio.
“In the end, we were able to help sort and pack more than 12,000 pounds of food. This translates to more than 8,000 meals for Georgians in need.
“This was a rewarding experience, and we plan to volunteer again at the food bank in the near future.”