Empty Bowl 2023 Thank You

Our 2023 Empty Bowl Lunch provided another outstanding opportunity to witness the collective impact we can have when we collaborate to end hunger in our area.

Because of the amazing generosity of our community, we will be able to provide over 1 million meals to those struggling with hunger throughout Hall, Lumpkin, Union, Dawson and Forsyth counties, just from the proceeds of Empty Bowl alone. Once again, we are amazed, but not surprised, at the love that was shown by community members!

Watch our 2023 Growing the Love Impact Video! Play Video

As usual, the program also featured the presentation of “The Mike Banks Reflections of the Heart” award in memory of philanthropist and friend of GMFB, Mike Banks of Gainesville. This legacy award is a part of Empty Bowl each year and is given to an individual whose contributions to GMFB truly reflect “the heart of a giver” in the same way that Mike Banks lived his life. This year’s recipient of “The Mike Banks Reflections of the Heart” award was Joy Banks Daly, Mike Banks’ daughter.

Scroggs & Grizzel received the James A. Walters Corporate Volunteer of the Year award. They have been instrumental in helping our facility expansion be successful. Denny Allen received the Phillip Bond Sartain Individual Volunteer of the Year award. His giving spirit and compassionate support of the Food Bank means so much to us. A new award this year was the Agency of the Year Award, and The Place of Forsyth was the inaugural recipient.

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