When Tech Companies Compete, Community Wins
In June, just two weeks after Chatham County public schools let out, technology companies in Savannah and across the state participated in the 3rd annual Bytes for Bites — a two-week fund and food drive competition benefiting Georgia food banks.
Fighting the Battle Against Hunger
The competition, sponsored by the Georgia Food Bank Association in partnership with the Technology Association of Georgia, is specifically timed for the beginning of summer to help children in food-insecure homes. With more than 1 in every 4 Georgia kids at risk for hunger, this problem hits hardest when children no longer have access to free or reduced cost school meals.
So when America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia reached out to us to have Coastal Georgia compete for the first time, the Infinity team was all in to lead the charge. We challenged more than a dozen other IT companies and departments in the area, two of which accepted. Then the fun began.
From social media call-outs and videos, to employee donations and requests to partners for support, Chatham County’s inaugural involvement was engaging and passionate. Sarah Jackson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Georgia Food Bank Association, raved about the “energy and advocacy” of our efforts and is already planning enhancements for next year’s competition.
Feeding the Hungry for the Win
On Friday, the Georgia Food Bank Association reported nearly $70,000 raised and over 9,000 pounds of food collected in this year’s statewide competition. That’s the equivalent of 281,176 meals that can be distributed to families and children across the state. And while it’s about the same amount of money as last year, it’s more than twice as much food collected. So to everyone in Coastal Georgia who supported this worthy cause and helped feed the hungry right here in our community – and with special thanks to our friends at Nephrology & Hypertension Medical Associates – Thank You!
Congratulations to all the Bytes for Bites winners this year, and remember that America’s Second Harvest willingly accepts volunteers and donations all year long.