Empty Bowl Lunch raises enough to provide over 880,000 meals to those in need

Kay Blackstock speaks to volunteers who delivered meals to sponsors and ticket holders on the morning of the Virtual Empty Bowl Lunch. Georgia Mountain Food Bank The Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) hosted its annual Empty Bowl Lunch on Tuesday, but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year the fundraising event went online. The lunch, […]

September 23, 2020

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Here’s how Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s first virtual Empty Bowl Lunch went

Kelsey Podo The Times Updated: Sep 22, 2020, 7:28 PM Although the COVID-19 pandemic meant this year community members couldn’t attend Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s 12th annual Empty Bowl Lunch in person, they still answered the call online and raised enough to provide 833,015 meals. More than 100 groups and individuals, several of whom participated in the event’s live auction held over video chat, tuned into the Zoom event […]

September 23, 2020

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For Goodness Sake: Georgia Mountain Food Bank Still Feeding Families Amidst a Pandemic

By Lauren Hunter Multimedia Journalist with AccessWDUN For more than a dozen years, and even in the middle of a pandemic, the Georgia Mountain Food Bank has helped prevent North Georgia families from going hungry. “There is no reason for anyone to be hungry in this community,” said Kay Blackstock, Executive Director of GMFB. “We’ve never once […]

September 9, 2020

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Here’s What to Expect at this Year’s Empty Bowl Lunch Fundraiser

Kelsey Podo Updated: Aug 31, 2020, 8:11 PM  Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s largest and only fundraiser of the year, Empty Bowl Lunch, is going virtual at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Kay Blackstock, executive director of the nonprofit, said when the pandemic hit Georgia, she knew the 12th annual event would go on, she just didn’t know how. “We […]

September 1, 2020

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Column: The hungry need my help and yours. Here’s what you can do

Harris Blackwood For The Times Updated: Jun 4, 2020, 11:15 AM My mama had a hardscrabble upbringing during the Depression. As a result, she hated to see anything go to waste. If there was food left on our plate, she would remind us that there were hungry children in some country that would love to […]

June 4, 2020

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Georgia Mountain Food Bank receives thousands of pounds of produce, chicken

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank recently began receiving about 20,000 pounds of fresh produce boxes weekly through the “Farmers to Families” Program. The food bank also has received large donations from Wayne Farms and through the efforts of Rep. Kacey Carpenter. Photo courtesy Forum Communications. Nathan Berg The Times Updated: May 27, 2020, 11:55 AM […]

May 28, 2020

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How feeding hungry has gotten harder during pandemic, and what’s being done

Nathan Berg, The Times Updated: May 1, 2020, 7:20 p.m.    Alvin Bagwell has seen the same situation played out hundreds of times over the last month. Bagwell, director of Good Samaritan Food Ministry, has continued to distribute food to families who need it throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and that need has become more and […]

May 2, 2020

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