At the heart of what we do is distributing quality food to those in need, but we also engage our community in education and service through our outreach programs including:
GMFB’s Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is our signature fundraising event where community members can enjoy a great lunch while supporting a tremendous cause. The event includes several meal options donated by our corporate sponsors, a silent auction, and a presentation on the impact that GMFB is making in our community. Along with a tasty lunch, guests will take home a hand-painted bowl as a thank you, and as a reminder of GMFB’s mission to eliminate empty bowls and empty stomachs in our communities. The money raised at Empty Bowl supports the food bank’s programs throughout the year. Drop by and join us for a power lunch at this year’s Empty Bowl on Sept. 27, 2016. To find out more about Empty Bowl click here.
A program designed to take food directly to those in need. Our five county service area spans 1,400-square miles and even though we have more than 63 hunger relief partner agencies, there remains a great need for emergency food assistance to people in outlying areas. Transportation to a food pantry is a huge obstacle for clients in rural areas. The mobile pantry brings the food boxes that incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables, right into neighborhoods and communities of great need.
Munch Bunch provides after-school snacks to at-risk children in organized programs. Often these programs focus on health and nutrition during snack time through fun activities and lessons.
This summer, the Georgia Mountain Food Bank is creating summer smiles by sending fresh food and grocery products to neighborhoods and providing supplemental snacks to meal service sites in north Georgia. Since 2009, the Food Bank has played a role in summer feeding beginning with two sites in Hall county. Year after year, the Summer Lunch Bag program has grown to add more sites and feed more children. This year, through the efforts of multiple community partnerships, the program has grown by another 63%!
Spearheading the expansion is Dr. Pamela Elfenbien, at University of North Georgia, and the program now has 23 sites spanning 8 counties! The Georgia Mountain Food Bank compliments the meal service by conducting a series of mobile pantries (direct neighborhood distributions) in and around the meal service sites. Additionally, the Food Bank will provide 25,000 pounds of healthy snacks and juice for supplemental food directly at the sites. We’re thankful to each and every one that contributes to the growth and success of connecting more food to children and families through summer feeding programs!
Supplemental Healthy Snacks: GMFB is providing healthy snacks and juice to multiple feeding sites served through the Summer Lunch Bags program. For Summer 2015, that’s 25,000 pounds over the summer service.
Neighborhood Mobile Food Pantries: GMFB is partnering with schools, churches and partner agencies within our five county service area to distribute more than 50,000 pounds of fresh food and groceries to neighborhoods in and around the meal service sites.
Community Garden: GMFB is producing fresh produce from our community garden here at the Food Bank. This produce is shipped out two times per week to our senior brown bags sites. We are grateful to the Gainesville Jaycees and a multitude of volunteers that make the garden possible each year!
Cooking & Healthy Demos: GMFB is supplying food and ingredients needed for cooking and healthy eating demonstrations & classes. An important component of a healthy life and best learning ability is to know about making healthy food choices and have access to healthy food. The RISE program is designed to prepare students to return to school in the fall specifically prepared for their grade level learning, with a richer knowledge of healthy choices for life. The RISE program targets at-risk and low income students.
A program that provides food boxes especially tailored to senior citizens’ nutritional dietary needs, including fresh food and produce, through partner agencies like Meals on Wheels and area Senior Centers. These boxes make a significant difference in the lives of seniors who are often forced to choose between food and medicine.
GMFB hosts community food drives to supplement our food supply, but one of our main food resources is through partnerships with retail grocery stores, food manufacturers and food distributors. We receive surplus and “unsalable” food in large bulk quantities, which we store in our 20,000-square foot warehouse equipped with cold food storage space, and are then able to redistribute the food to our partner agencies and into the hands of families in need. In addition, because of our affiliation with the ACFB, we are able to share food resources between other Food Banks and increase the variety and amount of food available to our partner agencies.
At Georgia Mountain Food Bank every dollar makes a difference. In fact, for every dollar donated we can provide five meals to those in need. Extend your impact by partnering with us.
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