May 2014                                             Helping Neighbors in Need in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody Since 1987.
Many Gave Food and Had Fun! 
The sky cleared, the rain held off and many gave food and had fun at CAC's 2nd Annual Food `n Fun Festival on Saturday, May 10! Families, friends, businesses and groups took part in the Hunger Awareness Walk, the Shopping Cart Decoration Contest and Parade and had fun at the festival with games and activities for all! Many also won prizes in the cake walk and bicycle raffles! Graphic Packaging won the Team Food Drive Contest donating almost 4,000 items in a several-month long campaign! Holy Innocents came in second with 3,260 and Georgia United Credit Union took third place with 1,200 items to help fill the CAC Food Pantry for the summer! Thank you to all of the teams who participated in the team food drive contest! Graphic Packaging also took home the Most Inspirational award in the Shopping Cart Decoration Contest! Signature Bank won the Most Humorous award and the Most Creative award went to Leadership Sandy Springs and Youth Leadership Sandy Springs!  More than 25 groups from Brownies to businesses decorated shopping carts for the walk! CAC thanks everyone who helped to make the 2nd Food `n Fun Festival a success including sponsors, donors, partners, volunteers and participants. Together we helped create awareness of hunger in our community, raised food and funds to feed our neighbors in need, and had fun while making a difference! - View the Food `n Fun Photo Gallery! -
A Little Help Goes  a Long Way
puzzleMichael had a medical emergency that  kept him in bed for several weeks and prevented him from working.  He exhausted help from family members and was facing eviction. That's when he decided to call CAC. "I have joint custody of my 12-year-old daughter, so becoming homeless meant losing custody, so there was a great deal at stake for me," said Michael.  A member of one of CAC's supporting congregations, the Church of Atonement, Michael knew of CAC, and he had once volunteered at one of CAC's fundraisers. CAC provided him with emergency financial assistance to pay rent and gave him food. CAC also referred him to another source for heating bill assistance, of which he followed up on and received. He came back to CAC to take a financial management class and let us know he was able to stay in his home. "I was grateful that CAC was there to help me, it made a huge difference for me at a really stressful and difficult time in my life," he said. He's still recovering, medically, and financially. He's working part time now and managing to make ends meet and hopes to get back to full time work soon. Donations by generous people like you allow CAC to help our neighbors in times of need like Michael.
Volunteers Recognized at Annual Luncheon 
Volunteers Lynn McLaughlin, center, and Carole Cosgrove received the "Glutton for Punishment" award! They spend so much time at CAC that they were given pillows for the next time they need to spend the night!  
Did you know that volunteers worked 19,857 hours at CAC in 2013?  During that time CAC volunteers handled an average of 400 appointments a month, received more than 1,000 visits a month at the Food Pantry, gave clothes to 300 families a month, prepared and filed 354 tax returns for free, distributed 1,150 donated holiday gifts, packed and handed out 983 backpacks with school supplies and taught 250 adult education students!  For these reasons and more CAC volunteers were honored for their service at the annual CAC Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Temple Sinai in April 2014. Additionally, volunteers were acknowledged for going above and beyond their roles. See the entire story and the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Photo Gallery on the CAC website! 
1,000 Back Packs Needed for School Supply Program 
CAC is seeking 1,000 new back packs to distribute to local students in need  this summer.  The contents of the backpacks will be ordered from a wholesale distributor thanks to an anonymous donor from Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church and matching donations which are expected to cover the cost of supplies for the third consecutive year.  Please bring backpacks to CAC or make a donation online, and remember, every dollar you donate to CAC is multiplied by wholesale purchasing. Your donations of back packs, supplies and financial contributions will help a student start the year prepared to learn!
Do You Grow Veggies? 
Dear gardeners, this summer as you harvest your homegrown vegetables, please don't leave the excess behind on the ground. Instead, donate it to the CAC Food Pantry and your fresh produce will go to families in need in our community! The CAC Pantry is a part of, a free nationwide network that enables gardeners to locate nearby pantries to donate their excess garden produce to. Help us spread the word!  It's a simple, green, and a free way to help diminish hunger in the community.
Groups Provide Manpower
Employees of the global insurance company XL, with offices in Sandy Springs, provided manpower to help organize and deliver many car loads of items for set up of the Food `n Fun Festival. Other businesses and groups that helped with the event included Buckhead Church, Dunwoody Kiwanis Young Professionals, Georgia United Credit Union, Hero Elder Care, NCL, North Atlanta Men's Club, Riverwood Interact, Riverwood National Honor Society, UPS and Whole Foods. Thank you to everyone who helped make Food `n Fun a great event!
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Thank You for your continued support of CAC including sponsorship of both the Food `n Fun Festival and the Vintage Affair!  
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Sponsors, Donors & Volunteers! 

Fidelity Bank
Graphic Packaging
Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation
Georgia United Credit Union
Jack's Pack
Bank of America
Signature Bank
Northside Hospital
American Roadhouse
Atlanta Hawks
Body Fitz
Buckhead Church
Dance it Off
Judi Cakes
Jump and Slide
Life Martial Arts
Macaroni Kid
National Charity League
North Springs UMC
North Perimeter Optimist Club
Reporter Newspapers
Sandy Springs Fire Dept.
Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism
Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks
Sandy Springs Rotary
Sandy Springs Youth Sports
Steel Canyon
The Coca Cola Company
US Army
Whole Foods
Young Chef's Academy
Buckhead Church
Dunwoody Kiwanis Young Professionals
Hero Elder Care
National Charity League
North Atlanta Men's Club
Riverwood Interact
Riverwood National Honor Society
Second Helpings
XL Group

And also the many individuals who volunteered their time to do many things for Food `n Fun!
  Give Kids Lunch This Summer

foodYou can give local children in need lunches this summer through CAC's Summer Lunch Bags for Kids. Please donate items or assemble a Summer Lunch Bag that includes 5 easy-to-prepare at home lunches for kids. Each bag should contain:
5 juice boxes
5 snack bars
5 fruit cups
1 box of mac & cheese
1 can pasta meals
1 tuna & crackers pack
1 instant yakisoba
1 chili bowl
2.5 gallon Ziplock bag

 More Summer Lunch Bag Details  
CAC will be closed for services on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. Let's remember our fallen soldiers.
CAC is offering to all of clients with children ages 5 to 17, the opportunity to participate in CAC Summer Programs for Kids. Register now to receive summer lunch bags for kids and back packs with school supplies. For more information visit
  When you give to CAC, you help local families in need.  Donations help prevent homelessness and hunger locally in the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities.

Are you a federal government employee? If so, please support CAC by participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). This is the annual fundraising drive for federal employees. CAC's CFC # is 17301. 
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