During the past three years, Give Hunger the Boot has helped raise over $10,000 in food and financial donations for the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Operative. Created by Snellville City Council Member Dave Emanuel and his wife Kathy, Give Hunger the Boot has worked primarily through promotions involving Snellville area businesses.
That changed dramatically in early December when the city of Grayson’s Mayor Allison Wilkerson and City Council challenged Snellville to a donation-raising contest. According to Mayor Wilkerson, “I was thinking about ways to raise canned and dried food donations for the Co-Op and I thought why not a good old-fashioned challenge? Snellville has the Give Hunger the Boot program and that’s perfect, so let’s see which city can give hunger the biggest boot.’”
Snellville Council Member Emanuel welcomed the challenge. “Mayor Wilkerson has come up with a great idea that’s a win for everybody. The Co-Op will receive a huge increase in donations at a time when they’re needed most and win or lose, both Snellville and Grayson will have helped a great local cause. The Co-Op does an outstanding job helping families in the Snellville, Grayson, Loganville area Give Hunger the Boot.”
The City Council and staff members of both cities will lead the charge by setting up drop-off stations, storing the food and delivering it to the Co-Op on January 19th . On that day, in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, both cities will haul their donations to the Co-Op, where they will be counted and the winner declared. The loser will have to build a parade float and Council Members of both cities will ride on the float in the Snellville Days and Grayson Day parade.
Donations do not have to come from within each city, so anyone can help their city of choice by dropping off canned goods or dried foods at Snellville City Hall, Grayson City Hall or any of the other drop off points established by the cities. The challenge is especially timely because charitable donations of all types usually drop off following the holiday season. The need is 24/7/365 and January and February are especially tough months for charities and the people who depend on them.
The Snellville-Grayson Challenge got off to a roaring start on December 17th, when the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce featured Give Hunger the Boot at its annual Christmas lunch meeting. In addition to 1,296 food items, attendees also made cash donations which were matched, up to $1,000 by the Chamber. The final tally for the day was $2,481.