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Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. #LovetheSouth #GoDawgs Follow Lauren on Twitter

Taste of the Nation is the epitome of a charity gala.

Taste of the Nation Atlanta
Taste of the Nation is one of the biggest philanthropic gatherings in America to support providing meals for kids and families in-need. The Taste of the Nation Atlanta event is one of the largest in the country.

It’s up to us to ensure that no kid goes hungry

Join us on May 3 for Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation supporting No Kid Hungry. This incredible nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing free or subsidized meals for thousands of children across the country. Taste of the Nation events donate 100 percent of their proceeds directly to the cause. For every $10 you donate provides 100 meals to children who might otherwise go hungry.

More than 30 U.S. cities will host their own Taste of the Nation event, but we think here in Atlanta ours will be the best. Join the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists for a remarkable night of dining in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Taste of the Nation Atlanta will take place on Thursday, May 3, at the Cobb Galleria. Leading the 2018 event along with Event Chairmen, Pano Karatassos and George McKerrow, are honorary chairs Evander Holyfield and Alton Brown.

Alton Brown Taste of the Nation
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in four children in Georgia struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

During the summer, more than five million summer meals were served to kids in Georgia, and the state was among the worst in our country that increased summer meals participation. Since Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry campaign, we’ve connected kids nationwide with half a million meals!

At Taste of the Nation Atlanta in 2017, the honorary chefs were Cat Cora and Ludacris. We were lucky enough to snag a photo with Luda (shoutout to our girl, Rachel Webster, for making this happen!)
Taste of the Nation Ludacris

The Atlanta event is one of the largest in the country with 1,000+ attendees, 50+ restaurants and a bevy of open bars. All proceeds from the event benefit the following charities:

Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank works closely with the food and hospitality industries to collect and distribute more than 50 million pounds of food annually. Groceries and meals are provided for children, families and individuals suffering from hunger and food insecurity through a network of more than 600 local nonprofits that receive food from the Food Bank. Reaching beyond its core focus of food distribution, the Food Bank helps families increase their economic security, grow food with neighbors and ensure their children’s success in school through projects such as the Prosperity Campaign, Community Gardens and Kids In Need. Nearly 40% of households served through the Food Bank network include children.

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters
Cooking Matters empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home, as part of the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Cooking Matters serves families across the country through hands-on, six-week cooking courses; interactive grocery store tours; and mobile, online and educational tools. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. To learn more, visit Cooking Matters.org. Cooking Matters is implemented in the Atlanta Area by Open Hand.

Our House
Our House is non-profit resource for families experiencing homelessness, offering programs designed to meet the unique needs of each family member: Early Childhood Education, Emergency Shelter, Employment Readiness Training, and Family Advocacy. In addition to a gold-standard education, Our House childcare centers provide hundreds of nutritious meals every day for children who might otherwise go hungry. Their shelter program meets the basic needs of families, including healthy daily meals and infant formula for newborns, so that families have space to focus on achieving stable housing. Our House has served thousands of families over 28 years of operations, and continues to address the challenges of homelessness, poverty and hunger; striving to empower families with the skills to create and maintain the path to self-sufficiency.

The Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger
The Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger is a nonprofit organization located in southeast Atlanta. Our mission is “to end hunger, homelessness and poverty in the state of Georgia” though a holistic and comprehensive approach in addressing the conditions of hunger and poverty. The Hunger Coalition has played a critical role in increasing participation of eligible households in the Food Stamp Program. We also launched a statewide campaign effort to expand the WIC program, School Breakfast and the Summer Feeding Programs across the state. They coordinate several community projects that serve low-income families.

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute produces research and state budget analysis to show Georgia ways to provide better education, health care and opportunity for everyone.

Captain Planet Foundation
Captain Planet Foundation was founded by Ted Turner in 1991 and now chaired by his daughter Laura Turner Seydel. The Foundation supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.

Tickets are $175 each using my promo code PATRICK2018. Please comment below if you can make it or need additional info. It’s up to us to be the change we want to see in the world, y’all.

Will we see you at Taste of the Nation 2018?

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