ATLANTA, GA —May 25, 2016– The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and Hub Magazine’s Food Technology feature, Bytes, today announced the core Steering Committee Members tasked with making Bytes for Bites (B4B) a great success. The food and fund drive event benefits the Georgia Food Bank Association and will be held at food bank locations across the state on July 11th and July 22nd.
“We are thrilled to have leaders from the technology industry across the state give their energy and creativity to leading the inaugural Bytes for Bites competition,” said Danah Craft, Executive Director of the Georgia Food Bank Association. “When an entire industry comes together to address hunger, it can have a powerful impact on our communities.”
The steering committee leading the Bytes for Bites effort includes representatives from five regions across the state, as well as staff from the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and TAG:
- Greg Schutz- Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Business -Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
- Amelia Baer, Senior Business Development Manager- Unosquare
- John Craft, Owner- Virginia Highland Partners
- Tonia Gibbons, Community Outreach Manager- Mayor’s Office, City of Augusta
- Casey Herrington, Program Director- TAG Savannah
- Baha Zeidan, CEO- Azalea Health
Bytes for Bites is a statewide food and fund drive competition whereby tech companies raise resources for regional food banks. The company that raises the most food and funds per employee will win the highly prestigious TAG Cup, with opportunities for awards in other categories.
“With the poverty rate at 21.7% in the city of Augusta, I could not pass up the opportunity to do something tangible to meet the needs of individuals that may not have any other resource available,” said Tonia Gibbons, Community Outreach Director, Mayor’s Office of Augusta.
The food and funds raised by each company participating in Bytes for Bites will stay local and benefit the regional food bank that serves their community. Hosting the drive during the summer allows an opportunity to feed the nearly 1 in 4 children in Georgia households that are food insecure.
“As a native of Atlanta, I grew up volunteering for the ACFB”, says Amelia Baer, Senior Business Development Manager, Unosquare. “Now that I am part of a company that is planting roots in Atlanta, I am especially proud to be a part of this group to help those who need.”
Companies interested in learning more or to sign up for Bytes for Bites can visit to bit.ly/bytesforbites.
About the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA)
The Georgia Food Bank Association is comprised of 8 regional food banks that share food, resources and best practices to help close the meal gap and ensure a hunger-free Georgia. Working through nearly 2,400 partner agencies and pantries, they distribute more than 130 million pounds of food annually to 159 counties in Georgia. To support the food banks, GFBA develops statewide partnerships to raise food and funds, advances legislative priorities that impact the food banks, educates the public about the role of food banks, and raises awareness about hunger. http://georgiafoodbankassociation.org/
About Bytes from Hub Magazine
Bytes is a regular feature of Hub Magazine that profiles the next new thing in food. From new kitchen gadgets and popular mobile apps to startups and more. Hub Magazine features timely news, ideas, people and trends that are at the intersection of Georgia’s Emerging technology community. A part of Hub Media, the official media brand of the Technology Association of Georgia, Hub Magazine reaches more than 30,000 technologists via print and digital platforms. Learn more at www.hubga.com
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.
The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at http://www.tagonline.org.