ATLANTA, GA– April 25, 2017– The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, and Hub Magazine’s Food Technology feature, Bytes, today announced the launch of the 2nd Annual Bytes for Bites food and fund drive competition to benefit the Georgia Food Bank Association.
From June 12 – 23, technology companies and IT departments across the state will compete to raise the most food and funds for the regional Food Bank that serves their community. For every $1 raised, companies will earn 4 points and for every pound of food raised they will earn 1 point. The Grand Prize TAG Cups will be awarded to the company with the most total points and the company with the most points per employee at the end of the two weeks. Winners will be announced and recognized on July 14th during the TAG Day of Service with other awards given in different size and regional categories.
Registration is now open at bit.ly/bytesforbites. Companies that register before May 1st will receive 100 bonus points added to their score!
“The children being served by the Food Banks could one day be the innovators and leaders we need to help us continue to take technology to the next level in Georgia. But in order for these kids to learn, thrive and meet their potential, they can’t be worrying about where their next meal is coming from. I am proud of our industry for stepping up to help the food banks fuel our communities,” said Larry Williams, President and CEO, TAG.
“We are thrilled by this continued partnership with TAG. The energy, creativity and resources Georgia’s technology industry brings to the table is just what we need to tackle the issue of hunger in our communities! The Food Banks are truly grateful for their collaborative spirit and commitment to this important issue,” Danah Craft, Executive Director, Georgia Food Bank Association.
Last year, the inaugural Bytes for Bites competition included over 40 technology companies and IT departments representing more than 8,000 members of the industry who raised $26, 200 and 4,098 pounds of food for the Georgia Food Bank Association. The TAG Cup winners were Aaron’s Inc. with 22,788 Total Points and Definity First with the 2,216 Points per Employee.
“Bytes for Bites is the perfect way to engage both our employees and clients in a cause we care about while still making it fun, “ says John Trainor, CIO, Aaron’s Inc. and Chairman of TAG’s Board of Directors. “There is no doubt Aaron’s, Inc. plans on winning the TAG Cup again, but ultimately the real winners are the Food Banks and the families they serve. We are proud to be a part of their critical work.”
About the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA)
The Georgia Food Bank Association food banks share food, resources and best practices to help close the meal gap and ensure a hunger-free Georgia. Working through nearly 2,000 partner agencies and pantries, they distribute more than 130 million pounds of food annually. 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.
Hub Magazine and Bytes are part of Hub Media, the official media brand of the Technology Association of Georgia. Hub reaches more than 30,000 technologists via print and digital platforms. Check out issues of Hub Magazine here or visit www.hubga.com
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 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. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org