Kroger recently concluded another successful “Can Hunger” food drive, raising $55,252.01 in customer contributions for the Gainesville-based Georgia Mountain Food Bank.
Each year the grocer collects donations during November and December, with GMFB designated as the recipient of proceeds collected at stores in Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, and Union counties.
GMFB officials say five meals can be provided for every dollar donated, meaning Kroger’s total customer contribution has the potential to help the food bank provide 275,000 meals to those in need. The money given from Kroger’s campaign allows GMFB to secure supplies when food donations are low and to help provide nutritious filler on the “most needed items list” that are in high demand by the 70 partner agencies GMFB serves.
There are two more opportunities in the next month to participate in food drives that will benefit the agency.
Local Starbucks will hold a community food drive from April 20- May 20. Customers may find participating locations on the Community Food Drives page (https://www.gamountainfoodbank.org/community-food-drives/) of the GMFB website. Any non-perishable food items may be placed in the community food drive barrels at a participating Starbucks location.
The Postal Service’s annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, is scheduled for May 11. Non-perishable food items may be left at mailboxes for postal pick-up and delivery to Georgia Mountain Food Bank and its partner agency Good Samaritan Food Bank. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the country. Would-be participants should check with local post offices for participating routes.
To find out how you can help run a food drive or a fund drive, call GMFB at 770-534-4111 or visit gamountainfoodbank.org.