Technology Association of Georgia
Tech Companies in Georgia Raised Over 275K Meals for Food Banks
ATLANTA, GA - July 17, 2017— The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Hub Magazine’s Food Technology feature, Bytes, have announced the results and winners of the second annual Bytes for Bites food and fund drive competition, which benefits the food banks that comprise the Georgia Food Bank Association..
The second annual Bytes for Bites competition raised $67,773 and 4,352 pounds of food for the Georgia Food Bank Association, surpassing their goal of $50,000. This is the equivalent of 275,158 meals that Georgia’s food banks will be able to distribute to the families and children they serve across the state.
The Grand Prize TAG Cup Winners of this year’s competition are Aaron’s, Inc. (Atlanta) with 109,731 points, the most points of any company across the state, and first-time competitor Degreed (Atlanta) with 5,062 points per employee, the most per employee of any company across the state. In addition to the highest point total in the state, Aaron’s, Inc. raised nearly $22,000 during the two-week competition. To determine the winners, each dollar raised equates to four pounds of food in the competition totals.
“I am inspired by our technology community for coming together with such force to support Georgia’s food banks and the children and families they serve who are struggling with hunger," said Larry Williams, TAG President and CEO. "Congratulations to Aaron’s, Degreed, and all of our winners. Bytes for Bites is truly a testament to the collective impact our industry can have in Georgia and I am eager to build on this success next year.”
Statewide, over 3,000 members of the technology industry went head-to-head to see who could raise the most food and funds during the competition.
“Thank you to the Technology Association of Georgia and each and every company and passionate individual who made Bytes for Bites a success this year. We cannot expect our children to learn, thrive, and become our future innovators on an empty stomach, and we are thrilled that the technology industry agrees. Their leadership and commitment to our mission will truly have an impact on the families and children served by our Food Banks,” said Danah Craft, Executive Director, Georgia Food Bank Association.
For a full list of the 2017 participants and winners and across the state, please visit bit.ly/bytesforbites.
About Bytes for Bites
Bytes for Bites (B4) is a Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Day of Service event in partnership with TAG's Hub Bytes publication and the Georgia Food Banks Association. The event enlists the aide of the technology industry in the fight against hunger during the summer months when demand for food assistance is at its highest. Over 60% of children in Georgia are eligible for free or reduced lunches during the school year, but less than 15% of them have access to these meals during the summer, making it difficult for families to put enough food on the table.
For more information, please visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/bytes-for-bites-day-of-service/.
About Hub Bytes from Hub Magazine
Hub 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. Click here for more Bytes. 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
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 2,400 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/
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