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Amy Hokkanen
Committee Co-Chair
Independent Planner
Joined MPI Georgia: 2011
              Laura Steele, CMP
Committee Co-Chair
OneStream Software
Joined MPI Georgia: 2008

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 Sorting Day: Saturday, July 29, 2017


MPI Georgia was well-represented at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) sorting day on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Our volunteers had a great time connecting with other ACFB volunteers, in addition to helping out the Atlanta community.

During our three hour shift, we sorted 9,603 pounds of food. This completely filled up 360 cardboard boxes that will result in 6,311 meals for the community. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. If you haven’t volunteered with the food bank in the past, you must make plans to join us. It’s a feel good volunteer experience and great way to interact with your fellow members.

Pictured L to R: Wynne BoltonJeff Whitney, Karen Schroeder, Amy Hokkanen, Laura Steele, CMPKeith IzydoreGinny Izydore, Soraya Shahrak, Tracy KellerMelissa Legaux CMPSybil Lee, CMP, and Connie Bergeron, CMP.

We hope you will be able to support our MPI Georgia designated non-profit, the ACFB, throughout the year. More volunteer opportunities will be announced in the coming months. 

Tracy Keller, CMP and Melissa Legaux, CMP


Laura Steele, CMP and Jeff Whitney



Sybil Lee, CMP


2018 Hunger Walk

The annual Hunger Walk/Run is scheduled for March 2018. This year, the MPI Georgia Team raised over $1000. Thank you to all. Next year we hope to increase our participation and fundraising.   

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


A big “Thank You” to all of our walkers, runners, and donors that contributed to the success of our team at this year’s Hunger Walk/Run. The MPI Georgia team raised $1,010.00 which will provide 4,040 meals to Georgia residents who are food challenged.  We are making a positive difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.

Team Photo (Center)
Front Row: Jack Roehl, Parker Roehl, and two young friends of Ginny Izydore
Center Row: Jeanna Searcy, Miranda Behner, Logan and Laura Steele, Jeff Whitney, Wynne Bolton, Ashley Izydore, Grayson Euler, Ginny and Keith Izydore
Back Row: Eileen and Tony Roehl
Team Donors: Andy Williams, Charles Yorke, Connie Bergeron

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.







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.







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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