The Atlanta Hawks are teaming with State Farm on a Million Meal Initiative, calling on more than 5,000 volunteers to pack meals on October 5.

"Lack of access to regular, nutritious meals is an issue for many Atlantans and we are urging the participation of our friends, fans, and the entire city to help us reach the goal of producing one million meal packs to help address this crucial need," Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said.

Statistics provided by Feeding Children Everywhere show that one in four children in Atlanta are facing hunger, while the number of high poverty neighborhoods in metro Atlanta has tripled since 2000, as the population has grown.

Koonin, Hawks Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, State Farm's Enterprise Technology Executive DeWayne Griffin, Hawks E.V.P. of External Affairs, David Lee, Hawks V.P. of Corporate Social Responsibility Andrea Carter and CEO of Feeding Children Everywhere Dave Green called on the region to support the initiative this week.

Volunteers are needed to help assemble the meals that will be distributed throughout the Atlanta metro area under the direction of Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization dedicated to creating a hunger-free world.

--Field Level Media

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