Mercedes Benz stadium is an example of what one entity can do, Labriola said. Second Helpings has rescued 89,679 pounds of food from the venue since it opened in August 2017.
“That [turned into] 75,000 healthy nutritious meals that we have been able to push out to neighborhoods around that stadium,” said Labriola. “We really are a logistics group. We get food from one place to another.”
Guenther Hecht, a Holocaust survivor, started Second Helpings at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs. His inspiration for the nonprofit came from the help his family received after arriving in the United States in 1938.
A student team from the University of Georgia called the “Talking Dog Agency,” has recently provided skilled marketing and social media services for the nonprofit, assisting with presentations, press releases and blog posts. Their work on an annual fundraising campaign last year increased engagement on Facebook and Instagram, and raised $18,807.
“It’s gratifying that our work is making an impact,” said senior Gina Karseboom, the account executive on the Talking Dog team. “The experience has really opened my eyes to hunger, sustainability and food issues. I just wasn’t aware of it before.”
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