Leadership Cherokee graduates and Chamber staff unloaded, sorted, and distributed donated items for the Leading by Feeding initiative. Donations in this photo are only one-third of the 10,455 contributions.

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce shared highlights of the Leadership Cherokee Alumni community food drive during their Thursday, November 5th 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 10,455 donated items ranging from fruits and vegetables to diapers and paper products.  This was a 24.5 percent increase in collections over the 2019 event.  “Leading by Feeding supports 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.  For the second year in a row, the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2019 collected the most items with this year’s turn-in totaling 4,188.  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.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber of Commerce, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.  For more information on the Chamber and its programs, visit them at