ATLANTA -- The hard work of volunteers will pay off this weekend as more than 7,000 boxes of food are distributed to families in need across North Georgia.
Publix employees spent Tuesday filling the boxes, followed by the Atlanta Falcons and their partners on Wednesday at Action Ministries, a local nonprofit that feeds the hungry year-round.
"Everybody is not as fortunate as it seems, and we see a lot of people in need," said Falcon alum and UGA great D.J. Shockley. "It's definitely a great cause, and I'm glad I can be part of it."
To keep the Feed the Hungry Food Box Program going, the Bank of North Georgia recently donated $28,000 to Action Ministries.
The money comes from donations from employees and customers. It will help provide more than 100,000 meals for hungry families in 2014.
"We don't just work in the communities we serve, we strive to be active participants," said Rob Garcia, president and COO of Bank of North Georgia. "We work hard to make our communities better. We encourage our team members to be hands-on with the organizations that they support."
The food in the boxes packed on Wednesday came from customer donations to the Publix Food for Sharing program.
More than 150 Publix employees and more than 200 partners of the Atlanta Falcons turned out at the Action Ministries Feed the Hungry warehouse in Northwest Atlanta.
"By meeting the basic needs of hunger relief, housing and education, Action Ministries removes barriers that prevent thousands of Georgians from breaking the cycle of poverty and realizing their potential," said John Moeller, president and CEO of Action Ministries.