What started four years ago with just twenty bologna sandwiches has grown into an impactful grassroots organization that has fed approximately 15,000 people to date. Achieved with the service of local volunteers, Hands Across Atlanta, a charity focused on feeding those who are homeless, is making a difference right here at home.
Founder Marcus Acosta is no stranger to hardships, describing himself as “one of the poor kids, helping the poor.” He adds that as a society, “what we don’t realize is that a lot of us have loving families that help us when we fall, but that one of the biggest things that I’ve noticed over the past four years is that these people don’t have families like that. They have nobody looking out for them and then all of a sudden they’re out on the street…and once you’re out on the street, it’s very hard to get back into society.” Hands Across Atlanta hopes to change that narrative. For Acosta, “changing lives is the main goal.”
Currently, Hands Across Atlanta is entirely self-funded, but they need help. “I would love for restaurants to reach out to us and ask what they can do to help,” comments Acosta. In the meantime, Hands Across Atlanta’s growing numbers of volunteers will continue their walks through downtown every second Sunday of the month, providing food, clothing, and a testament to the power of human compassion for those in need.
If you want to help others on this September 11th, Hands Across Atlanta’s 9/11 event is slated to be their biggest yet, featuring two shower trailers, and a DJ. Interested in helping? The event will be BYOF (bring your own food) and they’re asking specifically for hot-dogs, buns, and chips. Volunteers are asked to meet at 1:30 pm at North Avenue Presbyterian Church and will be led as a group to Renaissance Park for the event. If you don’t have the day to offer, food drop-offs and donations are also welcome. Check out the group’s page for more information:https://www.facebook.com/groups/156925411334019/
Always remember, says Acosta, “even if you can only save 1 out of every 10 people, it matters to that one person.”
[Published on the Facebook of Atlanta Food Walks on September 11, 2016]