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TAG announces that Tech Companies in Georgia raised over 275K meals for Food Banks

Athens, GA - (July 17, 2017) The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Hub Magazine’s Food Technology feature, Bytes, have announced that the 2nd Annual Bytes for Bites competition raised $67,773 and 4,352 pounds of food for the Georgia Food Bank Association, surpassing their goal of $50,000. This is the equivalent of 275,158 meals that Georgia’s Food Banks will be able to distribute to the families and children they serve across the state.

Over 40 technology companies and IT departments representing more than 3,000 members of the industry went head - to - head to see who could raise the most food and funds from June 12 – 23. Although the competition is statewide, the food and funds each technology firm raised stayed local and benefitted the regional Food Bank that serves their community. For the purpose of the competition, every $1 raised is 4 points and every 1 pound of food raised is 1 point.

UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication came out on top locally and statewide in the competition. They raised $1,086 and 60 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. With 5,755 points and 384 points per employee they earned the TAG Athens award and the Small Company Total Points award, beating out all of the other small companies statewide. A full list of winners is below.

Grandprize Winners

TAG Cup Winner - Points Per Employee: Degreed 5,062 Points Per Employee Benefitting Atlanta Community Food Bank

TAG Cup Winner – Total Points: Aaron’s, Inc. (2nd year in a row!) 109,731 Total Points Benefitting Atlanta Community Food Bank

Statewide Category Winners

Small Company Winner - Points Per Employee

Definity First: Atlanta 937 Points Per Employee Benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Small Company Winner - Total Points

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication: Athens 5,755 Total Points Benefiting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

Midsize Company Winner - Points Per Employee and Total Points ASAP Solutions Group, LLC - Atlanta 1,055 Points Per Employee and 30,613 Total Points Benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Large Company Winner - Points Per Employee and Total Points Innovative Architects: Atlanta 368 Points Per Employee and 36,848 Total Points Benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Regional Winners

TAG Augusta Winner - Most Points Per Employee and Total Points TaxSlayer, Augusta 2,013 Points Per Employee and 29,460 Total Points Benefiting the Golden harvest Food Bank

TAG Columbus Winner - Most Points Per Employee and Total Points Delta Data, Columbus 385 Points Per Employee and 5,132 Total Points Benefiting the Feeding the Valley Food Bank

Middle Georgia Winner - Most Points Per Employee and Total Points LBA Ware, Macon 107 Points Per Employee and 2,137 Total Points Benefitting the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.

TAG Athens Winner - Most Points Per Employee and Total Points Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Athens 383 Points Per Employee and 5,755 Total Points

Over 1 in 4 children in Georgia are food insecure, meaning they may not know where their next meal is coming from, and more than 60% of Georgia’s kids rely on free and reduced meals at school. When these same children are home during the summer months without this resource, their families often struggle to put enough food on the table. Bytes for Bites is timed to help the Food Banks meet this increased demand for food assistance during the summer.