Stronger Together ATL: Food Drive Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio Stations to host virtual food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank

ATLANTA, GA – March 26, 2020 – On Friday, March 27, 2020 Cox Media Group Atlanta radio stations 95.5 WSB (WSBB-FM/WSB-AM), B98.5 (WSB-FM), 97.1 The River (WSRV), and KISS 104.1 (WALR) will host a virtual food drive benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank as part of the Stronger Together ATL campaign. Atlanta Community Food Bank continues to provide meals for children, families and seniors as access to nutritious food throughout the Covid 19 crisis, by working with more than 600 nonprofit partners and the new Text for Help program.

From 6:00 am until 12:00 midnight on March 27, visit WSBRadio.com, B985.com, 971TheRiver.com or KISS1041FM.com and make a monetary donation to Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Every $1 helps provide up to 4 meals for:

  • Hungry children
  • Hardworking families
  • Struggling seniors

“Now more than ever our listeners need our help. Cox Media Group Atlanta will step up and use our powerful radio brands to do good for the community!” said Chris Eagan, senior director of operations. “I’m proud of the way these teams have worked over the last few weeks and Friday will be another great example of how we are stronger together!”

Where will your donation go?

Your gift is helping to fuel the Food Bank’s emergency response in this moment by:

  • Purchasing additional food to support emergency food distributions
  • Providing groceries to children and families who are facing the loss of school meals and wages due to closures
  • Adding special mobile pantries in high-need locations around our 29-county service area
  • Equipping vulnerable neighbors to find the food they need through both web- and text-based pantry locator tools.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is launching its new “Text for Help ” SMS platform to assist those children, families and seniors who need access to food during the current crisis of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This easy-to-use phone-based program enables its users to locate the nearest food pantries simply by sending a text.

“One in seven Georgians are food insecure. With statistics like this, the new text program for locating food will prove an invaluable resource for a great number of children and adults facing hunger in our area,” said Kyle Waide , President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

How Text for Help Works:

The Text for Help SMS function recognizes two keywords – ‘findfood’ (no space) in English or ‘comida’ in Spanish. Each keyword will activate automated responses in the relevant language. When a person texts either keyword to 888-976-2232 (ACFB), they’ll be prompted for their zip code or address to enable location services for food pantries closest to them. Responses will include a list of three different nearby pantries and their contact information. If no pantries are located within a 10-mile radius from the zip code entered, the program provides information on the nearest food pantries in neighboring zip codes. IMPORTANT DETAILS: Standard Carrier Message and Data Rates May Apply, based on your cell phone carrier. If you would no longer like to receive messaging, please text STOP to 888-976-2232, and you will be unsubscribed immediately. For help with the system, please text HELP to 888-976-2232. You may receive up to 4 messages per month, based on need of emergency messaging. Privacy Policy Link.

About the Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank works to end hunger with the food, people and big ideas needed to ensure our neighbors have the nourishment to lead healthy and productive lives. Far too many people in our own community experience hunger every day, including children, seniors and working families.

Through nearly 700 nonprofit partners, we help more than 755,000 people get healthy food every year. Our goal is that all hungry people across metro Atlanta and North Georgia will have access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them. It takes the power of our whole community to make that possible. Join us at ACFB.org.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to diverse audiences in the communities in which it serves. The company’s operations primarily include 33 high-quality, market-leading television stations in 20 markets, 54 radio stations in 10 markets and numerous over-the-top (OTT) and digital platforms. Cox Media Group’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable independent stations. Additionally, the company also offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services with Local Solutions. For more information about Cox Media Group and its businesses, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.