Athens came out to Terrapin on Saturday, Aug. 20, to eat pizza, drink Terrapin, and listen to performers like Wrenn, all for a good cause: to help end childhood hunger and raise awareness for Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program. Drew French of Your Pie hosted Your Fest, a music and food festival with the purpose of supporting SLSK, as well as other Athens nonprofits.
At Your Fest, 11 Athens restaurants and chefs created their own pizzas to sell to event-goers. Of these restaurants and chefs, three chose to compete for Action Ministries and one chose to compete for Our Daily Bread, Action Ministries’ community kitchen which provides more than 60,000 nutritious meals annually to the Athens community. Those competing for Action Ministries were Gena Knox of Fire and Flavor (with a pizza topped with garlic, mozzarella, goat cheese, roasted red pepper, eggplant, grilled chicken, basil, arugula, and lemon), Walt Lye of Saucehouse Barbecue (with a cookie crust pizza topped with cream cheese, berries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and a chocolate drizzle), and Josh and Amy Collins of Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken (with a pizza topped with sweet heat sauce, pepper jack cheese, fried chicken, smoked sausage, and pickles). Competing for Our Daily Bread was Nicholas Reilly of Trappeze (with a pizza topped with red chili gochujang, skirt steak, kimchi, mozzarella, and green onion).
The winning pizza was determined based on judges’ scores and how fast the pizza sold out, with the winner being determined as Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken and the $2,000 donation going to Action Ministries’ SLSK program! With this donation, SLSK can feed the children of one community we service for a summer.
SLSK helps feed children in Athens during times when they do not receive free or reduced-price school lunches, such as the summer and winter breaks. While transportation can also be a barrier to food security, SLSK goes to different communities in Athens to deliver food, with the help of volunteers and donors. Taking this opportunity a step further, SLSK also provides enrichment activities and mentoring opportunities in these communities, making SLSK such a vital program to these children.
To learn more about bringing SLSK to your community during school breaks, contact Rachel Ruckart, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This guest blog was written by Maddie Swab, a fourth-year social work student at the University of Georgia. Maddie is a BSW intern for Action Ministries Northeast in Athens, where she assists with media relations and the Our Daily Bread community kitchen help desk, among other daily duties.