Georgia;s Own Foundation

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Smart Lunch, Smart Kid is back!

We are excited to announce that this June we are once again partnering with Hope Atlanta (formerly Action Ministries) to raise money for the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid initiative. Each year, over one million children in Georgia lose access to lunch when school lets out for the summer, and this program seeks to close that hunger gap.

A $5 donation will feed a child lunch for two days and will be delivered directly to the neighborhoods in need; avoiding the very real transportation barrier. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for SLSK -enough to provide 6,000 lunches to children in our community- and we would love your help in making that a reality! If you’re able to give, please click here.

This is one of the most impactful initiatives we do throughout the year and we couldn’t do it without your support, so thank you!



Help Us Support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


This year, approximately 440 children will spend their holidays in the hospital at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Will you join us in brightening their spirits and ensuring they have the healthcare they need during this time? You can donate now through December 11th by logging into online or mobile banking or by clicking here.



Georgia’s Own Foundation Teams Up With Action Ministries For Summer Lunch Program

Each year, one million children in Georgia lose access to meals when school lets out for the summer. Of course, this environment presents even greater demands as these affected students have been out of school since March, and many parents in our community are struggling with job security as well. Our friends at Action Ministries are especially equipped to serve those in need right now, delivering food directly to their neighborhoods and removing at least one stressor for these families during this difficult time.

A $5 donation will feed a child lunch for two days, and any amount will go a long way to help our neighbors fight hunger. If you’re able to give, please click here. Thank you for helping us improve what matters!



Help us feed the frontline!

We’re all searching for ways to help our community right now, whether it’s championing our heroes fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic or supporting our local businesses who need us now more than ever. Georgia’s Own Foundation is striving to do both by delivering meals to healthcare workers in Northeast, Metro, and Southwest Georgia- prepared by some of our favorite local restaurants. To help us lift up both of these hard-hit industries, please consider making a donation in any amount here. Thank you!



Georgia’s Own Foundation + City of Atlanta team up to provide relief

As part of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ $7 million relief package for COVID-19, the City of Atlanta will be donating up to $1.5 million to Georgia’s Own Foundation for distribution of grants to contract city employees. The grants of $2,000 each are designed to provide a cushion to individuals who have lost hours or have been laid off in the wake of the pandemic until further relief from the CARES Act arrives. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City on this important initiative, using our talent and resources to provide help where it is most needed. For more information, please check out our press release announcing the initiative!



Action Ministries receives $21,242 Donation For Food-Insecure Children


In just one week, our community raised $11,242 for Action Ministries’ initiative to deliver much-needed meals to children during the school closures due to COVID-19. The Georgia’s Own Foundation provided a $10,000 match and together we were able to donate a total of $21,242 to help these efforts! This funding will help Action Ministries extend support to families that are especially struggling at this time as their work meets the needs of communities that are not being served by others, are more remote in nature or have very limited access to available school meals. The gap is especially large and untenable for many kids whose parents must work. With many parents working in the service industry – grocery, fast food– that are still operating, it is not safe for these kids to travel such distances to find food. Action Ministries removes the barrier of transportation by delivering meals and resources where kids live. A humongous, heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to this cause and helped make this possible!



Supporting At-Risk Students During Extended School Break


Each year, 1 million students in Georgia depend on free and reduced lunch programs to sustain their nutrition. When school is not in session, however, these food-insecure children lose access to essential meals. For over 5 years, we have worked with Action Ministries and their Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program to combat this issue during the summer, but with school being out for such an extended time as the country battles the spread of COVID-19, these students need our help right now.

To support our community, we are currently accepting donations towards Action Ministries’ efforts to stop hunger during this time. A $25 donation will connect a child to food for 2 weeks, but of course any amount is greatly appreciated. Also, to ensure we reach as many children as possible, we will be matching all donations made by Friday, March 27, up to $10,000.

To make a donation, please click here. Thank you for helping us improve what matters and for being there for our children.



85 Acts of Kindness Initiative Concludes With Grant to Miracle at KSU

Throughout the past year, Georgia’s Own Foundation and Georgia’s Own Credit Union have teamed up to bring 85 Acts of Kindness to the community in celebration of our 85th Anniversary. The initiative kicked off in January by surprising TSA employees affected by the government shutdown with 8.5 gallons of free gas. Other favorite ‘acts’ include planting in the organic vegetable garden at Camp Twin Lakes, surprising students at Green Acres Elementary School with a pizza party featuring Dansby Swanson, and delighting the community with free King of Pops on Tax Day, along with last-minute filing tips.

We capped off the year with a social media contest encouraging our followers to nominate their favorite non-profit for a chance to win an $8,500 grant from the Foundation. Miracle at KSU, a student-run non-profit at Kennesaw State University focused on raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, was declared the winner and we know that this gift will go a long way toward spreading even more kindness in the energetic and capable hands of these future leaders!



Help us fight summer hunger through Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

Each year, 1 million children right here in Georgia lose access to lunch when school lets out for the summer. Not surprisingly, this food-insecurity is one of the leading causes of ‘summer slide’ which can have a significant impact on a child’s academic success, and it is also why for the 5th summer in a row, Georgia’s Own is partnering with Action Ministries to provide relief. A donation of $5 will feed a child in need lunch for 2 days, and more importantly, send a message to them that they are cared for, loved by many who have never even met them, and that their circumstances can be overcome.

Our goal is to raise $10,000; enough to provide 4,000 lunches to children in our community. Thank you in advance for any amount you can contribute that will allow us to reach this goal! Click here to donate!



Let’s give the girls of Jesse’s House the Spring Break of a Lifetime!

Jesse’s House is an organization right here in our community that serves as an emergency and long-term shelter for adolescent girls. The goal of Jesse’s House is to provide a safe house until reunification with a girl’s family is possible or until a permanent placement is found.

Jesse’s House has done an incredible job making the shelter feel more like a ‘home’, with comfortable, private rooms, home-cooked family style meals, and cozy, inviting common areas. However even in this space, downtime can be hard on the girls especially during extended breaks from school, knowing that their classmates are with their families, often vacationing and experiencing things that just aren’t an option for them at the moment. That’s why we are pulling together with YOU to provide the girls of Jesse’s House with a spring break they’ll never forget!

Our goal is to raise enough funds to send the girls and their chaperones on adventures to Six Flags Over Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, Horse Back Riding, and Zip Lining at Lake Lanier. We hope you’ll consider helping us provide the girls of Jesse’s House with memories they’ll hang on to forever with this Spring Break Experience! Your gift, at any level, will make an enormous difference in a young girl’s life. Please click here if you’d like to make a donation, and be sure to note ‘Jesse’s House’ in the Order Notes under Additional Information when checking out. Thank you for your consideration and support of this initiative!



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