Summer Newsletter 2019

kblackstock

Feeding

hope

Summer 2019

IN THIS ISSUE

What does the face of

hunger look like? Page 1

Annual Empty Bowl

Lunch Fundraiser Page 2

September is

Hunger Action Month Page 2

Community Collaborative:

“ Still Hungry In America”

and more! Page 3

www.gamountainfoodbank.org


Georgia Mountain Food Bank

is pleased to announce 2019

Board Officers and Members

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank welcomes

six new community members to the

Board of Directors beginning July 2019.

Brian Bailey – Major Gifts Officer with The

Medical Center Foundation, Julie Knight –

Brown Nutrition Director for Lumpkin County

Schools, Justin Burruss – Senior Auditor with

Rushton & Company, Andi Harmon – Vice

President of Education and Leadership with the

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Jo

Zimmer – Vice President Corporate Bank with JP

Morgan Chase Bank, and Tate O’Rourke-Business

Development Manager with Jackson Electric

Membership Corporation.

Kathleen Owen, Chair

Accounting & HR Specialist/Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network

Brett Fowler, Immediate Past Chair

Life, Health, & Benefits Agent - Turner, Wood & Smith

Rich White, Founding Board Chair

Retired Bank Executive

Zach Propes, Treasurer

Finance Services Director/Hall County Government

Kas Lawson, Secretary

Staff Attorney/Hall County State Court

Kelley Robertson, Secretary

Assistant District Attorney – Hall Co. District Attorney’s Office

Joy Banks, Hajoca Corporation

Brian Bailey, Major Gifts Officer/The Medical Center

Foundation

Julie Knight Brown, School Nutrition Director/Lumpkin

County Schools

Justin Burruss, Senior Auditor/Rushton & Company

Wes Hunt, CEO /Homestar Financial Corporation

Andi Harmon, Vice President of Education & Leadership/

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Cheryl Jones, Nutrition Director/Hall County Schools

Kyle Lewallen, Lew’s Custom Cutting Boards & teXga Farms

Sean Oblisk, Cargill

Tate O’Rourke, Business Development Manager/Jackson EMC

Dennis Stockton, Lanier Technical College

Carl Wagster, Retired

George Wangemann, Gainesville City Council

Nancy Jo Zimmer, Vice President Business Banking/

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Our Mission

To address hunger,

health and quality of

life by serving those

in need... ‘til no

one is hungry.

HUNGER IS HERE.

The faces of hunger may surprise you. Hunger is here, in our community. It may

be with the nurse, the foster parent, the father, the caregiver, or the single mom

sitting next to you. It can affect a neighbor, friend, family member, or co-worker,

when they least expect it. But your gift of food has the power to change their story.

When you give to Georgia Mountain Food Bank, you give hope to those affected by

food insecurity. We partner with 70 nonprofit agencies that creates a ripple effect

felt throughout our 5 county service area, giving meals to people in need.

The gift of food has the power to change a life.

FEED HOPE. GIVE TO GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FOOD BANK.

FACES OF HUNGER

LEANA, whose family

struggled when her son

was diagnosed with a brain

tumor, can provide healthy

food to meet his needs.

TERESA suffered from

Type 2 Diabetes but is

now in control of her

health and thriving.

TERESA, a nurse and

single mother, is now

optimistic about her

future with her children.

OSCAR, a new

US citizen working

multiple jobs to

provide for his family,

has meals so they

can eat together.

Dawson

Union

Lumpkin

Forsyth

Hall

JUDITH, a foster mom

with kids of her own,

can change more

lives in a positive way

because she does not

feel the stress of how

to buy extra food.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR STORIES. FEED HOPE.

GAMOUNTAINFOODBANK.ORG FEEDHOPE

\


2019 Annual Empty Bowl

Lunch | Presented by

Lasercraft Technologies

September 24 | Ramsey Conference Center | Lanier Tech

Make plans now to join us on Tuesday, September 24,

for the annual Empty Bowl Lunch, presented by our

friends at Lasercraft Technologies. The Empty Bowl, a

community tradition here in north Georgia, is Georgia

Mountain Food Bank’s signature fundraiser. Each year

hundreds gather to support the mission of GMFB, “til

no one is hungry.” Guests enjoy a delicious lunch of

soups and salads provided by Chef Tony Schmidt and

Performance Foodservice. Over one thousand handpainted

bowls will be on display for guests to select one to

take home as a reminder of empty bowls in our community.

Our live auction has bowls provided by Governor Brian

Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp, Georgia Agriculture

Commissioner Gary Black, Blackberry Smoke, Chase

Elliot, Drivin & Cryin, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin,

PGA’s Stewart Cink, John Deere Classic Players, and

more! You will not want to miss this day to remember!

Sponsorships and tickets on sale now!

Visit gamountainfoodbank.org or call us at

(770) 534-4111 to reserve your seat at the table!

EMPTY BOWL LUNCHEON

Feed Hope

September 24 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lanier Tech Ramsey Conference Center

LUNCH DONATED BY PERFORMANCE FOODSERVICE

Individual tickets: $30 | Table sponsors begin at $750

Presenting Sponsor

September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, and Georgia Mountain Food Bank

is reaching out to the community to partner with us to change the story

of hunger. There are several exciting opportunities in which individuals can

participate. The exhibit “Still Hungry in America,” will be on display at the

Quinlan Arts Center from August 15 - October 5. We also have the Community

Food Drive beginning September 3 and continuing through September 12,

culminating in our Food Truck Friday event at Lake Lanier Olympic Park on

Friday, September 13. And finally, our annual Empty Bowl Luncheon will take

place at Lanier Tech’s Ramsey Conference Center on September 24 from

11 a.m. - 1p.m. Please see the full list of events on the next page.


Save the date

"STILL HUNGRY IN AMERICA" | AUGUST 16 | QUINLAN ARTS CENTER

AUGUST 8 | 5 – 7 P.M. Greater Hall County

Business After Hours at GMFB. Sponsored By

Liberty Utilities. Check Greater Hall Chamber

Events for more information.

AUGUST 15 | 5 – 7:30 P.M. “Still Hungry in America”

exhibit at the Quinlan Arts Center. Opening night

with a Meet & Greet with Dr. Tom Ward, Jr.; Dr. Ward

authored a new forward to the republished book

Still Hungry in America. Books will be on sale at the

event or purchase at UGA PRESS. RSVP to

Ronii@gamountainfoodbank.org or call

(770) 534-4111 if you plan to attend.

AUGUST 16 | “Still Hungry in America” exhibit opens.

AUGUST 20 | STARTS AT 4 P.M. Neighborhood

Free Food Distribution at Good News Clinic

(while supplies last).

SEPTEMBER 3 | Community Food Drive

begins through September 12. Visit

gamountainfoodbank/host-a-food-drive or call

us for more information at (770) 534-4111.

SEPTEMBER 7 | 10 A.M. –2 P.M. Empty Bowl

Painting at Quinlan Arts Center. $10 donation.

All bowls donated to the Empty Bowl Lunch. Visit

quinlanartscenter.org or call Georgia Mountain

Food Bank for details at (770) 534-4111.

SEPTEMBER 13 | 6 – 9 P.M. Food Truck Friday at Lake

Lanier Olympic Park. For More Information visit

lakelanierolympicvenue.org/event/food-truckfriday/2019-09-13.

SEPTEMBER 24 | 11 A.M. – 1 P.M. Empty Bowl

Luncheon at Lanier Technical College. For more

information visit gamountainfoodbank.org/

emptybowl or call us at (770) 534-4111.

SEPTEMBER 28 | John Jarrard Foundation

Songwriter’s Concert on the lawn at Brenau

University. Visit johnjarrardfoundation.com/

events for all the details, tickets, and sponsorships.

OCTOBER 5 | “Still Hungry in America” exhibit closes.

WHAT DO YOU IMAGINE WHEN YOU PICTURE THE FACE OF HUNGER?

Photographer Al Clayton did not have to imagine. He saw

the faces of hunger in the subjects of his photos, now part of

an exhibit “Still Hungry in America,” which will be on display

at Gainesville’s Quinlan Art Center August 16 - October 6.

In the summer of 1967, Clayton began documenting the

desperate lives of America’s poor and hungry to raise

awareness and evoke action. His daughter Jennie continues

this mission today, demonstrating through photography that

hunger has many faces and they could look like the neighbor

next door. Spanning fifty years, this project reveals that

stories of hunger are real. And, they exist in EVERY

community, even where we least expect it.

BUT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE STORY.

Join us as we explore Clayton’s work and how your

involvement can help write a new chapter for those

facing food insecurity.

A COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE TO “OPEN EYES,

MINDS, AND HEARTS” TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS

Built around a collection of work by award-winning

photographer Al Clayton opening in the Green Street Gallery

of the Quinlan Visual Art Center - August 15 - October 5

Al Clayton’s work focused heavily on subjects

related to the people, culture, and music of the

South and that brought the Quinlan, Georgia

Mountain Food Bank, and The John Jarrard

Foundation together as partners around this new

exhibit. The show will include photographs from Al’s travels around the south

documenting people living in poverty in the 1960’s, that were compiled in a

book written by Dr. Robert Coles “Still Hungry In America” originally published

in 1969. Visit ugapress.org/book/9780820353241/still-hungry-in-america

for more information. The book has been re-published by UGA Press

with a new forward authored by Dr. Tom Ward, Jr. Come meet Dr. Ward

at a special opening event on Thursday, August 15 at 5:00 pm at the

Quinlan! Free to attend, please RSVP to (770) 534-4111. Learn more about

Al Clayton at npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5492469 and

lumieregallery.net/wp/15502/al-clayton/

Staff

Kay Blackstock, Executive Director

Phil Dennis, Community

Engagement Coordinator

Ronii Diaz, Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Digieso, Business Manager

Colton Donino, Warehouse &

Order Management Associate

Clint Frain, Driver

Art Gallegos, Neighborhood Fresh Coordinator

Lydia Johnson, Agency Services Coordinator

Steve Mueller, Operations Director

Sam Tidwell, Development Director

Alec Tipton, Warehouse Supervisor

John Uhey, Driver

1642 Calvary Industrial Drive SW | Gainesville, GA 30507

770-534-4111 | www.gamountainfoodbank.org

15-GMFGA-0819-N

Similar magazines