The Georgia Restaurant Association works with many organizations in a variety of ways as part of our Community Involvement cornerstone. The following Community Partners receive a special level of support from the GRA:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank:
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank currently distributes almost 2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items monthly to more than 600 NonProfit Partners in 29 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Distributing these donations to low-income Georgians, our partner agencies provide dynamic links between the local community, the Food Bank and our supporters.
In addition to our core business of food distribution, the Food Bank has a number of projects that help build community including Atlanta's Table, Community Garden, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and the Product Rescue Center.
The Chefs Move to Schools program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helps chefs partner with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budgets, while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices.
Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia:
The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is the statewide link to the next generation of hospitality employees. They support over 6000 ProStart students in Georgia high schools. ProStart is the NRAEF program for students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. Students obtain valuable hotel, restaurant and food service skills through classroom training and on-the-job experience.
As a 501 c (3) non-profit group supporting high school hospitality programs, ProStart and Lodging Management, they are helping to shape the future of Georgia's hospitality and food service industry today.
Share Our Strength:
Share Our Strength® is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. They weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.
TEAM Georgia is a safe and sober driving coalition, striving to improve transportation safety throughout Georgia. TEAM Georgia's annual Safe Holiday Campaign encourages sober driving and safe holiday gatherings during the holiday season. More than 200 area bars and restaurants display Safe Holiday information, offer a free non-alcoholic drink to designated drivers, and inform patrons about the free ride home available from Checker Cab and AAA/Budweiser Tow to Go.