Thank you everyone who supported our Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival on November 5, 2016. We were able to raise hundreds of canned goods, and toys. The food went to Bloomingdale’s Food pantry, and the toys went to a local church’s giving tree.
I want to thank George and Tina Foley, and family for all of their hard work to make the Bloomingdale Homecoming an incredible success. Thanks to their partnership with me, we hosted a tremendously successful event that can help a lot of people in the community. I also want to thank Mayor Ben Rozier for opening the ceremonies with a great patriotic speech encouraging people to get out and vote.
Let’s Can Hunger started in 2011 as a grass roots food and support drive to help the West Broad Street YMCA. In the years since then, I have partnered with local businesses to raise canned goods. I can thank my Mom and my Dad for this because they helped me to volunteer at my church’s food pantry when I was 13. I used to help as a stock clerk, loading and unloading groceries, breaking down boxes, sweeping floors, or whatever the pantry asked me to do.
We hosted a successful food drive in the spring thanks to partnering with Tony & Robyn Privette, from Land of Misfit Toys, and family by sponsoring the Let’s Can Hunger at the 2016 Savannah Mega Comic Con. We raised hundreds of canned goods that were donated directly to Loaves of Fishes in Pooler, and to the Bloomingdale food pantry.
Bloomingdale Bears’ Homecoming combined with the Let’s Can Hunger Fall festival, bringing hundreds of people to the event. We had dozens of vendors with a huge assortment of goods and services. There were crafting vendors, bakers, clothes vendors, book sellers, jewelry vendors, personal care vendors, toys, and even the folks from Guyton Paranormal Society, helping people discuss unknown and unnatural events.
I had the awesome opportunity to discuss the Savannah Quill and Let’s Can Hunger on The Bridge WSAV show on Friday, November 4, 2016 thanks to Kim Gusby and Reneé LaSalle. you can watch the segment here.
With the focus on helping the community raise non-perishable foods, school supplies and cloths, and toys for the holidays, we also wanted to get a head start on fitness goals. John Williams, from Fabricated Fitness, gave a free fitness bootcamp to get folks started. Sheena Allen, from HYPE Fit with Sheena, gave a free Zumba party.