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Jeff Whitney
Event Transportation / Atlanta
Community Outreach Committee
Joined MPI Georgia: 2002


Scroll down for volunteer information on upcoming events.

Committee Contacts:

Interested in getting involved in this committee?
Contact Jeff Whitney, Community Outreach Chair

Interested in learning more about the Atlanta Community Food Bank programs?
Contact Jeff Whitney, Community Outreach Chair

Interested in learning more about The Giving Kitchen programs?
Contact Leah Melnick


Community Outreach

MPI Georgia members contribute thousands of dollars worth of charitable support and volunteer hours to Atlanta Community Food Bank in keeping with our commitment to improve the community in which we live and work. Our Community Outreach Committee is also working on other volunteer opportunities to help support the ACFB and The Giving Kitchen.

ACFB Food Sorting – Lots of Fun and Team Spirit

A big thank you to all of our MPI Georgia volunteer members along with their families and friends for supporting our food sorting event at the ACFB on Saturday, December 17, 2016. 

Pictured from left to right:
Chris Yueh, Keith Izydore, Alex Izydore, Kimberly Goler-Stubbs, Jeff Whitney, Ashley Izydore, Ginny Izydore, Mitchell Freeman, Abby Freeman, Christy Pierce, Jack Hubbard, Jai Fusilier,
Soraya Shahrak, and Wynne Bolton. Not pictured: Candice Crossfield and son, Brantley; Cherie Neal and husband.


The Giving Kitchen Event:Sunday, January 29, 2017

Team Hidi Five Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Team Hidi Five is the fifth annual benefit supporting The Giving Kitchen, the non-profit that serves Atlanta restaurant workers facing unexpected hardship. Team Hidi continues to be the year’s most anticipated celebration of Atlanta’s food and drinks scene, and the people who power it every day.

Click here for the volunteer registration form.

What’s In It For Me? Networking with area restaurant owners, chefs, and other foodies; along with fellow MPI Georgia members. TGK does great work to support restaurant workers in our community.




MPI Georgia Hunger 5K Walk/Run: Sunday, March 5, 2017



Mark your calendar and join our MPI Georgia Hunger 5K Walk/Run Team on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Our chapter has a long standing relationship with the ACFB, and we hope to field another enthusiastic (and athletic?) team this year. Join us for this FUNdraising event to support the many services the Food Bank provides to our communities and state.








Mission Statement: The mission of the Atlanta Community Food Bank is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.

About the Atlanta Community Food Bank: The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) distributes more than 50 million pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of more than 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Each week, 80,600 people in 26,300 households are served through ACFB partner agencies. ACFB is one of more than 200 food banks that belong to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Visit for more information on ACFB or to learn how you can get involved.

Please join your fellow MPI Georgia volunteers as we support the amazing good works of the ACFB (and their partner agencies) in providing food for those less fortunate throughout our State. This is a great way to spend quality time with your fellow industry members, friends, and family. Additionally, the program provides a “feel good” experience as you support those in our community who are in need—it’s also a great opportunity to teach older children the importance of being charitable (Note: children must be at least 8 years old to participate).

MPI Georgia is committed to schedule four (4) outings per year (1 each quarter). We had a great experience together for the sorting day on Saturday, January 16th of this year—thanks again to all who joined us.

A Look at the Extensive Reach of the Food Bank's Services:

The Atlanta Community Food Bank serves over 600 nonprofit partner agencies in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. An additional 121 counties benefit from the distribution of food and products from six other food banks in the state.

Additional assistance provided by the State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), TEFAP, and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

ACFB Event: Saturday, December 17, 2016

What a great way to serve the community and “ReConnect” with colleagues and friends at the ACFB Food Sorting Event at the Product Rescue Center. Let’s shoot for a goal of (20) participants during the season of giving.

The Product Rescue Center (PRC) provides a great hands-on experience in a diverse and social atmosphere. Groups and individual volunteers come together to inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations to prepare for distribution to almost 700 partner agencies across Georgia.  

Date:                     Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time:                    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Location:             Atlanta Community Food Bank
                              732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd, NW

Directions:          Click here             

Registration Details

As you can imagine, it’s always important to know how many guests will be “at the table.” Please pre-register for the confirmed MPI Georgia service shift of 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

1.         Click here for the MPI Georgia team registration page

2.         Select sign up beside your service date

3.         Follow prompts to register and review volunteer waiver







Mission Statement: The mission of The Giving Kitchen is to be a beyond expectation resource to employees of the greater Atlanta Restaurant community who are faced with unanticipated hardship.

Benefit of the Giving Kitchen to the Community: We serve peace-of-mind to those that serve.

Testimonials: Click here to learn more and read stories from the recipients about the assistance they have received from The Giving Kitchen.

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