Almost 1,000 guests attended the Georgia Mountain Food Bank's annual Empty Bowl Luncheon fundraiser Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. The event raised enough money to provide more than 773,590 meals to those in need throughout Hall, Lumpkin, Union, Dawson and Forsyth counties, with the live auction alone raising enough for 66,000 meals.
“In the past 11 years, Georgia Mountain Food Bank has become an essential ingredient for so many food insecure families and individuals in the five counties that we serve. Even in the growing economy that we’re currently experiencing, there are still literally thousands of people who struggle to put any food at all on the table, much less a healthy, nutritious meal,” said Kathleen Owens, the food bank's board chair. “Through programs such as the school backpack program, prescriptive food boxes, and Neighborhood Fresh, we’re working hard to alleviate that essential need. Of course, in order to accomplish this vital mission, we need the support of everyone who is able to help. Empty Bowl is the only major fundraiser for the food bank each year, and we wouldn’t be able to realize our goals without the enthusiastic support we receive from our community through the immediate funds raised at the event and the pledge commitments which sustain us through the year.”
This year, the Mike Banks Reflections of the Heart award was given in memory of philanthropist Mike Banks of Gainesville to Katie Dubnik. Other awards were presented to the corporate volunteer of the year Jenson Hauling and volunteer of the year Rodney Greene.
Compiled from a Georgia Mountain Food Bank news release.
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