For years, we’ve been dedicated to raising awareness about hunger in our community and helping to generate donations to local food banks through our Gwinnett CAN Challenge. To help fill the shelves with food, we’re constantly looking for new opportunities for engagement around this important issue.

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Image courtesy of Gwinnett Daily Post

We recently sponsored the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Taste of Home Cooking Show, an annual event that brings foodies together to learn more about cooking techniques, cutting edge culinary products and more.

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Image courtesy of Gwinnett Daily Post

What a perfect environment to connect food lovers to the tremendous need of local families that are desperate for food. Prior to the show, we asked attendees to stop by our booth and bring cans or other most needed items or make cash donations for food when they arrived. Plus, who doesn’t love a photo opportunity with Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves mascot?

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To help sweeten the pot, the attendees received one entry into a grand prize drawing for each item or dollar they donated. The perfect grand prize for this crowd? A KitchenAid Mixer!

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We were very pleased to gather 909 items of food and receive $383 in cash donations. These contributions generated 2058 total items of food, or a whopping 1543 pounds that will be donated directly to Gwinnett County food banks. Imagine how many families that will feed this winter?

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Congratulations to Ava Pawlowski, winner of the KitchenAid Mixer, which we’re sure she’ll put to good use. And we give a solid thumbs up to everyone who brought food and donated to this worthy cause.

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If you’re interested in hosting a food drive and earning a $250 grant for your non-profit group, church or school, learn more about getting involved in the Gwinnett CAN Challenge.

 

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