This Year, Resolve to Be Part of the Solution!

By Evelyn Sacks, adapted from D’var Sinai

2019 is here, and for many of us, that means resolutions. Committing to be kinder, to be better stewards of the earth or more devoted to creating a just world.

Here’s an idea. What if we make 2019 the year we focus more on practical solutions, and less on lofty resolutions?

One of the most promising solutions to the complex problem of hunger and food waste is Second Helpings Atlanta. Started in 2004 as a Temple Sinai social action project, SHA is a city-wide food rescue organization. Volunteer drivers rescue generously donated surplus food and deliver it to partner agencies that help sustain families in need across the Atlanta metro. Routes are based on geography, ability to lift, preferred time of day and size of vehicle.

Every month, our drivers rescue more than 125,000 pounds of nutritious, perishable food. Fresh produce from farmer’s markets. Gourmet fare from the city’s leading sports and entertainment venues. Bakery goods, salads, yogurt, cheese, fish and meat.

While our efforts certainly haven’t “solved” the problem of food insecurity, our impact is proven. And our organization is growing, which means we need more drivers.

Would you like to drive, donate or organize an employee volunteer team? Contact SHA Executive Director Joe Labriola today at

Happy New Year from Second Helpings Atlanta!