Nonprofit Spotlight: Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) was the first recipient of a TechBridge nonprofit technology grant in (the Accenture-sponsored Technology Innovation Award). However, dollars have not been the only donations to go to this hunger relief organization. Food banks rely on a volunteer workforce almost daily. On more than 50 technology friends first gathered at the ACFB to sort, pack, and box donated food needed to create meals for hungry Georgians. Technology Cares/Technology Shares was born that day and has continued to meet month-after-month for more than two years. Technology leaders have regularly volunteered to work side-by-side to get unmarketable food from the food bank to people in need. Kyle Waide, President and CEO of ACFB and tech volunteer organizer Ricky Steele calculate that to-date this initiative has shipped 342,364 pounds of food (and other donated non-food items), which produced 242,868 individual meals. TechBridge is proud to be connected with Technology Cares/Technology Shares and honors it as a prime example of the unique connections within the Atlanta technology community and of its capacity for doing good.
After , the Atlanta Community Food Bank cuts the ribbon on its new 344,000-square-foot facility located in East Point near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Technology Cares/Technology Shares returns to its typical schedule, gathering together on the first Wednesday of each month beginning . The event is designed specifically for technologists to directly connect to the mission of the food bank.