Yamaha and Feed the Children Take a Stand Against Hunger

Groups Help Feed 400 Families

AUSTELL, Ga., – Yamaha and Feed the Children will roll into Austell Fri., Aug. 26, to help families in need with food and essentials. A total of 400 families will take home enough food and essentials boxes to fill a semitruck at The EpiCenter (135 Riverside Parkway) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Before the distribution, a parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Yamaha Motor Corporation (1270 Chastain Rd.) and end at The EpiCenter.

Because hunger can’t be tackled alone, Feed the Children’s partner agency, The AAAG, Inc. Food Pantry (founded by Eric T. Merriweather), has pre-identified 400 families who will each receive a 25-pound food box; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box of assorted Avon products. Other items will be provided to the families as well. Yamaha Motor Corporation’s employees are sponsoring the distribution and will be on-site, serving as volunteers alongside 728 Teamsters Union members.

“Yamaha Motor Corporation and its employees have proudly supported the Feed the Children organization, helping families all over the country for nearly 20 years,” said Bob Starr, Corporate Communications Manager for Yamaha. “And I can say with all certainty that our employees in our corporate office right here in Kennesaw are extremely motivated and excited to play an even more active role this Friday in giving to those in our very own community that are less fortunate.”

This event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. In Cobb County alone, 13 percent of families live below the poverty line. Often, these families are unsure where they will find their next meal.

“Feed the Children strives to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children President and CEO. “We are honored to partner with Yamaha and The AAAG, Inc. Food Pantry in the fight to end hunger here in our nation’s backyard.”

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.