Atlanta Hawks, State Farm team up for third 1 million meal pack event

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - At the State Farm Arena, more than 5,000 volunteers — including Atlanta Hawks players — are packing 1 million meals to be distributed across the city on Saturday.

It’s the third time State Farm and the Atlanta Hawks have partnered to help battle food insecurity. About 1 in 9 people face hunger in Georgia, according to Feeding America.

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“We’re fighting the good fight, and hopefully, it’s a better day for Atlantans around the city,” said Jon Babul, the Hawks’ vice president of basketball development.

The meal is a shelf-stable, dried jambalaya mix that feeds six. Once packed, the meals will be distributed to 12 local organizations, who will then give them out to people and families in need, Babul said.

Those partnering organizations are:

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army
  • Community Assistance Center
  • HOPE Atlanta
  • North Fulton Community Charities
  • Fountain of Hope
  • Georgia State University Panther’s Pantry
  • Goodr
  • Meals on Wheels Atlanta
  • Midwest Food Bank
  • Second Helpings Atlanta
  • Latin American Association
Hope Dean

Hope Dean

Hope Dean is a digital content producer with Atlanta News First. She previously reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Fresh Take Florida.