IN THIS ISSUE
What does the face of
hunger look like? Page 1
Annual Empty Bowl
Lunch Fundraiser Page 2
Hunger Action Month Page 2
“ Still Hungry In America”
and more! Page 3
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
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
Julie Knight Brown, School Nutrition Director/Lumpkin
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
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.
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.
2019 Annual Empty Bowl
Lunch | Presented by
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
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
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
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
Kay Blackstock, Executive Director
Phil Dennis, Community
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