ATLANTA, Ga."March 7, 2008"Meeting planners challenged with setting up a community service program for their attendees in addition to all other aspects of meeting preparation may find appealing options ready-to-go at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown) and The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.
Increasingly, planners ask us about community service opportunities for their group as part of the planning process for their meeting, said Amanda Joiner, area director of marketing. Since our hotels participate in community service programs in Atlanta, we were easily able to create programs for groups that are practically turnkey for the planner and offer genuine philanthropic experiences for their attendees.
The programs were developed with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB)"one of the leading food banks in the country"which distributes 15 million pounds of food annually in 38 counties across North Georgia and Metro Atlanta. The ACFB provides product to food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers; food and other critical resources to low-income Georgians; and conducts education and advocacy programs.
Sales managers will assist in arranging programs at the food bank such as:
Cooking for the Worlds Children
One in six children in Georgia risks going hungry at some point each month. Participants in this program will be provided keepsake aprons and work hands on in the kitchen to make a nutritious soup or stew which will be frozen for later delivery to an ACFB partner agency to feed families with children. (The ACFB does not provide meals on its site, but supplies food to partner agencies operating meal services.) The cooking program will take place at the ACFB commercial-styled kitchen in downtown Atlanta. Since the partner agencies serve many different constituencies, the soups and stews may be Korean, Chinese, Mexican, Brazilian or reflect the culinary influences of another country. A chef from The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta will guide the recipe preparation, and guests make take the recipe with them.
This powerful initiative seeks to reclaim inner city land and transform it into community vegetable gardens, empowering local residents to supplement their food supply by growing it themselves. Community gardening beautifies neighborhoods and produces nutritious foods, while reducing family food budgets. The ACFB provides gardening expertise, volunteer help, tools, seeds. Participants will work in a garden preparing land for planting, weeding or performing related seasonal tasks. Participants will learn about the gardening initiatives, and how the produce from the gardens contributes many benefits from healthier diets to reducing the global carbon footprint.
Food Bank trucks pick up goods from food drives, grocery stores and manufacturers, and drop them off at the Product Rescue Center every day. Volunteers are trained to inspect, sort and pack these goods ensuring that salvage and food drive donations will be safe and wholesome for distribution to people in need. The Product Rescue Center provides great hands-on experience in a social atmosphere, and is an ideal setting for group team-building.
Downtowns only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city. The hotel is surrounded by the states centers of law, finance and government, and minutes from Americas Mart, the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Aquarium and sports events at Philips Arena, Turner Stadium and the Georgia Dome. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is located in fashionable uptown Atlanta, the citys most prestigious residential neighborhood.