Open Hand and Dedicated Volunteers Celebrate Delivery of 20 Millionth Meal
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Visits Open Hand Kitchen; Delivers Ceremonial Meal
As the largest provider of home-delivered, medically-appropriate meals and nutrition education in the U.S., Open Hand celebrated the delivery of the organization’s 20 millionth meal since its founding in 1988 — an amazing milestone that is a tribute to the thousands and thousands of dedicated Open Hand supporters who believe in our mission.
It’s also a tribute to you, our Good Measure Meals customers, who can take pride in knowing that you too had a hand in this historic achievement, since 100% of GMM proceeds support Open Hand community nutrition programs.
Prepared at Open Hand’s kitchen at 176 Ottley Drive, the ceremonial meal was presented to Open Hand client Ms. Carolyn Barber of Summer Hill by longtime volunteer Barbara Antley and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
“Metropolitan Atlanta now has 20 million reasons to thank Open Hand and its thousands of volunteers for their many contributions to our city,” said Mayor Reed. “For more than 23 years, Open Hand has provided nutritious meals residents in need of care and assistance. Open Hand and its volunteers reflect the best of Atlanta. I deeply appreciate the vital work they do in the community every day.”
Reed also presented a Phoenix Award, the city’s highest honor, to the volunteers present in Open Hand’s kitchen and thanked them for their years of dedication and service to the community.
“Celebrating the delivery of Open Hand’s 20 millionth meal is a remarkable milestone made possible by volunteers, community partners and donors who have supported us since our early days in Atlanta,” said Jacqueline Yeaney, co-president of Open Hand’s board of directors.
By the numbers, Open Hand is powered by more than 25,000 volunteers, 100 to 125 of which are needed on a daily basis. Meal deliveries account for nearly 650,000 miles driven each year while providing about 1.7 million meals annually across 17 Georgia counties.
The organization is closing in on its $4.2 million capital campaign goal earmarked to fund a much-needed expansion which will result in a completely renovated 17,000 square-foot facility in 2012, more than tripling the current Open Hand and GMM workspace.
“Open Hand continues to operate with the same core values and guiding principles in place when we opened in 1988,” said Matt Pieper, senior director of resource development for Open Hand. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to help each of our clients become active managers of their health while regaining a sense of independence taken away by a chronic condition.”
Top Photo (l-r): Open Hand’s Roz Tucker, volunteer Barbara Antley, Mayor Kasim Reed, Board members Sally Dorsey & Todd Tautfest. Lower: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed flanked by AT&T volunteers.
All 20 Millionth Meal Photos by Tim Wilkerson
More About Open Hand:
Open Hand is the only community-based non-profit organization providing Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines nutritious, medically appropriate meals with nutrition education, therapy and coaching for homebound seniors and underserved individuals struggling with chronic, critical or terminal illness.
For more information, visit OpenHandAtlanta.org.