CHAMBER ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF SECOND ANNUAL “LEADING BY FEEDING” CAMPAIGN

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce shared highlights of the Leadership Cherokee Alumni community food drive during their Thursday, November 7th Good Morning Cherokee networking event.  Attendees were reminded that earlier this fall the graduates of Leadership Cherokee from 2012-2019 were challenged to secure contributions for local food pantries and that this friendly competition would result in recognizing the top collecting group of volunteers.

The Leadership Cherokee Leading by Feeding campaign generated 8,399 donated items ranging from fruits and vegetables to diapers and paper products.  This was a 171 percent increase in collections over the initial campaign held in 2018.  “Leading by Feeding supported those in our community who need a helping hand by filling the pantries of both the organizations who coordinate the pantries and the families in need,” shared Pam Carnes, President & CEO of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.  The Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019 collected the most items totaling 3,552.  The class received the ‘Golden Can Award’ signifying their commitment to the community and volunteerism.  The local Chamber member food pantries supported through the Leading by Feeding initiative included:  Encompass Ministries – Papa’s Pantry, MUST Cherokee, and Never Alone.

Food Pantry Pick-up Day – Representatives from Encompass Ministries – Papa’s Pantry and MUST Cherokee divide items donated by the Leadership Cherokee Leading by Feeding initiative.

 

Food Pantry Pick-up Day – Representatives from Encompass Ministries – Papa’s Pantry, MUST Cherokee and Never Alone were honored to be the recipients of 8,399 items donated by the Leadership Cherokee Leading by Feeding initiative

 

(L to R) Lori Flink, owner of Allegro Business Products and graduate of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017 who was a key coordinator of the Leading by Feeding Campaign presents the Golden Can Award for the most donations collected to Jason Blakey, Credit Union of Georgia, a member of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019, who accepted the award on behalf of his classmates for the 3,552 items collected by the group.