Grady College nearly quadruples donations for 2014 Hunger Bowl

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication came together in support of the community in a huge way this holiday season to provide more than 10,000 meals for needy families through the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's 2014 Hunger Bowl.

“The college's participation in the Hunger Bowl has become a signature event and a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season,” said Dean Charles Davis. “We think it is so important to embrace our community and to engage in philanthropy, which originated in the field of public relations, after all, so we see this as an ideal vehicle for giving back and getting involved.”

During the two-week food drive, held Oct. 31- Nov.14, the college collected nearly four times the amount of food and monetary donations as in 2013, shattering its goal to double contributions.

Here's the breakdown:

· 13,699 pounds of food calculated between actual food donations and monetary donations

· 3,483 pounds of food calculated between actual food donations and monetary donations

Some members of the committee that organized Grady College’s participation in the 2014 Hunger Bowl braved the cold in the early morning hours of Nov. 14 to collect drop-off donations in the parking lot. They also made drop-off donations available on Nov. 7.

In an email to faculty and staff, committee chair Terri Baker praised all who contributed.

“We couldn't have done it without your food items and monetary donations! It made all the difference in the world! Some of you gave — and then — came back and gave even more!” she wrote. “We certainly wanted to meet our challenge and goal for this year's drive, but it is important to keep our eyes focused on the fact that we helped supply over 10,600 meals to the people who need it.”

Date: November 18, 2014
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,
Contact:  Terri Baker,