Atlanta chapter of HungerMitao has raised funds to provide meals to one million people
The Atlanta chapter of HungerMitao, which was launched at the Atlanta Community Food Bank on October 2, 2019, has since been able to raise enough food and funds to provide one million meals to people in need.
"The Atlanta Community Food Bank is grateful to the members of HungerMitao Atlanta for stepping up when food banks need it most. We deeply appreciate their leadership, generosity, and commitment to help ensure that the one-in-seven people facing hunger across our 29-county service area have access to food," said Kyle Waide, CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Atlanta Community Food Bank works to end hunger with the food, people and big ideas needed to ensure our neighbors have the nourishment to lead healthy and productive lives. Through more than 700 nonprofit partners, the organization helps more than 710,000 people get healthy food every year. Their goal is to provide all hungry people across metro Atlanta and North Georgia access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them.
HungerMitao is a volunteer-driven grassroots movement focused on raising awareness about hunger in the U.S., improving community engagement, and channeling resources and contributions of the Indian American community to fight hunger through the Feeding America network of food banks. Launched in 2017, the movement has now enabled 30 million meals through Feeding America and member food banks in North Texas, Houston, New York City, Atlanta and Seattle, with plans for future chapters in Central Texas, Connecticut, Alameda, New Jersey and the Tarrant Area.
The Atlanta chapter recently named two co-chairs, Dijjotam Raina and Chetan Polavaram, to help increase hunger awareness and expand the movement within the greater Atlanta Indian American community. "With Diwali and the holiday season upon us, there is no better time to make a difference for children and families who are experiencing hardship right here in our own backyard," said Mr. Raina.
"HungerMitao is as much about eradicating hunger as it is about unifying the fragmented efforts of our community and focusing it on the humanitarian cause of hunger," said Anna Asava, co-founder of the national HungerMitao movement. "In the spirit of 'give where you live' we invite the Indian diaspora in metro Atlanta and north Georgia to join us in the mission of HungerMitao and ensure no one goes hungry," added her husband and fellow co-founder, Raj Asava.
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