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Braves' hurler, Bank of America pitch in to fight hunger

Atlanta southpaw Jonny Venters joins bank volunteers at the westside's Atlanta Community Food Bank to help sort and pack meals for those in need.

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters recently joined 50 Bank of America employee volunteers sorting and packing 14,000 meals, made up of 21,000 pounds of food, at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB).

"It was great to volunteer with Bank of America employees and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help make a difference and fight hunger in our community," Venters said in a release.

The effort was part of Bank of America’s support of Feeding America's "Give a Meal" program. For every $1 donated to Feeding America or local food banks via www.bankofamerica.com/give or feedingamerica.org/BankofAmerica, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will contribute an additional $2, up to a total match of $1.5 million.

This is in addition to a $1 million contribution to Feeding America. This support is part of the bank’s ongoing efforts to address critical economic and social issues in the communities it serves.

More than one in every four Georgia children – 28.3 percent of our children – now live in food insecure households, up from 27.9 percent last year.  And, 16.9 percent of the population living in the ACFB’s service area in metro Atlanta and north Georgia is food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. 

Don’t forget, the Westside Provision District (WSPD) has placed several easy-to-find ACFB donation barrels located throughout the district as shoppers can get into the spirit of the season and help WSPD reach its goal of 10,000 donations by bringing non-perishable food items

ACFB is a nonprofit organization that strives to supply a variety of well-balanced, nutritious foods to families and individuals in need. ACFB now distributes more than 35 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility located at 732 Joseph East Lowery Boulevard. Their most needed items are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Soups, stews and pastas
  • 100 percent fruit juice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Macaroni-and-cheese dinners
  • Whole-grain, low-sugar cereals
  • Paper products
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries

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