Through outreach, educational workshops, referral programs and community gardens, ACFB is taking phenomenal steps toward domestic hunger relief. In fiscal year 2014-2015, more than 28,000 volunteers helped provide 51 million meals and other types of needed support to 80,600 people each week! Central Garden & Pet is donating various lawn and garden materials to ACFB's community gardens, which includes more than 100 community gardens throughout the Atlanta metro area. These gardens not only help neighborhoods combat food insecurity by growing their own low-cost, nutritious food, but also cultivate healthier lifestyles and community involvement while increasing urban green space.
Additionally, Central Garden & Pet employees will volunteer time each month with Marietta YELLS youth mentoring program. YELLS —Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading and Serving — pairs high school students ("Bigs") with elementary children ("Littles") in Marietta, Georgia, to help build leadership skills and academic excellence. Part of the YELLS program includes maintaining a garden in an apartment community that impacts the lives of many in the program.