The Arby's Foundation, in collaboration with the Georgia Food Bank Association and Golden Harvest Food Bank, has selected five organizations in Georgia to receive a total of $411,500 in capital investment grants to serve USDA summer and after school meals to more than 15,795 children in their communities.
These grants are part of the Foundation's three year, $3 million commitment to the Georgia Food Bank Association's “Feeding for a Promising Future – No Kid Hungry campaign” with an emphasis on summer feeding programs for children.
In Augusta, Golden Harvest Food Bank is thrilled to announce that a grant has been awarded to Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA in the amount of $20,000 for the purchase of kitchen equipment for its summer feeding program.
“The purpose of the funding is to strengthen our partner agencies capacities to feed children in the CSRA” said Travis McNeal, Executive Director of Golden Harvest Food Bank. “Golden Harvest has begun a concerted effort to work closely with the community to make sure the hungry among us are fed in the most effective way possible. Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA have an extremely effective summer feeding program and we are thrilled to help them feed even more kids with this award.”
The Georgia Food Bank Association, of which Golden Harvest is a founding member, works with public and private sources in Georgia to bring healthy food and resources to Augusta. “These funds are strategic investments in the infrastructure of the nonprofit network that connects low income children to summer and after school meal programs,” said Danah Craft, Executive Director of the Georgia Food Bank Association. According to Feeding America, 1 in 4 children in Georgia live in food insecure households. “These children will determine the future of our state. This is important work.”
“We are committed to the state of Georgia and are proud of the impact these investments will make in the lives of so many children,” said Kate Atwood, Executive Director of the Arby's Foundation.
Nearly 60% of Georgia's public school children are eligible for free and reduced lunch, but less than 13 % of them access a summer meal program during the summer months when school is out. Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA have stable, sustainable funding from USDA to pay for the additional meals. So the additional children served as a result of the capital investments can be sustained over time.
The Feeding for a Promising Future – No Kid Hungry campaign was launched in November 2011 and is a partnership between Share Our Strength and the Georgia Food Bank Association, with support from Governor Nathan Deal. The campaign aims to end childhood hunger by using proven strategies to increase the number of Georgia children who eat nutritious meals offered through summer and Afterschool Meals Programs.