Local bank aims to collect food donations to feed 5,300 families
by MDJ staff
April 17, 2014 04:00 AM | 2096 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Fifth Third Bank announced Wednesday it is going to bat with three Georgia baseball teams — the Augusta Green-Jackets, the Gwinnett Braves and the Kennesaw State University Owls — to launch a community food drive called Strike Out Hunger!

This food drive will run from April 18 through May 3 and is aimed at collecting enough products to feed 5,300 families in the metro Atlanta area.

Members of the community are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items — such as canned fruits and meats, peanut butter and boxed cereal — to participating Fifth Third Bank offices. While supplies last, the bank will give baseball game tickets to those who make a contribution to the food drive, courtesy of this year’s partners.

After the month-long food drive, the bank will deliver all food donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Golden Harvest Food Bank, which will in turn feed thousands of families.

Food collection bins are set up at all 32 Fifth Third banks in Cobb, Columbia, Richmond, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Walton counties. Location addresses are available at 53.com.

To take part in fighting hunger and receive game tickets, Atlanta­area residents can visit their local bank office from April 18 through May 3.

Banks in Kennesaw, Marietta, Roswell, Smyrna, Powder Springs and the Vinings Cobb location in Atlanta will provide tickets for the KSU vs. North Florida Ospreys game on Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

“The need for food in our community continues to increase, and the donated items will directly help people here in our own backyards,” said Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “Each year, we distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to help feed the food insecure through our network of more than 600 partner agencies throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia.”

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