Georgia Trend November Issue has a great Business Casual Opinion piece by Susan Percy on hunger in Georgia.Â See the entire article here.Â Here is an excerpt.
But there is some good news. Hunger is a problem that can be alleviated. Individuals can do something. Itâ€™s not like war or pestilence, things that make you seethe with helpless frustration. There is direct action to be taken.
The starting point is pretty straightforward: You help provide food to the people who need it. In Georgia, this is easy.
We have a fine network of food banks â€“ seven of them, including the flagship Atlanta Community Food Bank, founded in 1979, which distributes more than 24 million pounds of food each year. The banks are affiliated with community nonprofit groups that help disburse donations and get food quickly and efficiently to people who need something to eat.
The food banks, which are part of the national Feeding America network, formerlyÂ Americaâ€™s Second Harvest, accept monetary donations or non-perishable food items â€“ as much or as little as you can offer.
You can hand over canned goods, knowing they will end up in the kitchens of people who will use them, perhaps for dinner the very night they receive them. Or you can write a check, knowing that the money will be used for food, not excessive overhead costs.
Especially around the holidays, many retailers sponsor collection efforts for local food banks. You can buy a few extra cans of food and put them directly into collection bins.
Itâ€™s easy, itâ€™s important, and it makes a difference.”