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The Atlanta Braves and Kroger Team Up With the Atlanta Community Food Bank to Strike Out Hunger

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters signing autographs on Friday, May 3rd

During the 2013 season, the Atlanta Braves and Kroger partnered to host Strike Out Hunger. This community initiative raised awareness on the disparity of hunger in Georgia and resources to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank procures over 45 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to over 600 hunger relief programs in 29 metro Atlanta  and North Georgia Communities.

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Friday Nights at Turner Field were known as Strike Out Hunger Night. Braves Fans made canned food and monetary donations to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In exchange for their contributions fans received autographs from current Braves pitchers. Additionally, several Braves Alumni, including Javy Lopez, Charlie Leibrandt, Jim Nash, Terry Pendleton, and Greg McMichael supported this initiative at various Kroger locations by signing autographs for fans that made donations to the Strike Out Hunger initiative.

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Atlanta Braves Alumni Jim Nash at Kroger

Strike Out Hunger was a huge success due to the team effort of our partner Kroger, fans all over Braves Country, Braves alumni, and Braves pitchers including Tim Hudson, Jonny Venters, Luis Avilan, Craig Kimbrel, Kris Medlen, Alex Wood, Jordan Walden, Julio Tehran, Paul Maholm, Luis Ayala, Anthony Varvaro, and Freddy Garcia.

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Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel signing autographs on Friday, June 14th

To cap off a successful season, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and Kroger representative Glen Jenkins, presented a check to Sara Fonder-Kristy of the Atlanta Community Food Bank on the field before the final home game of this season.  Strike Out Hunger resulted in the collection of 9,228 pounds of food and $10,247 to assist the Atlanta Community Food Bank in providing healthy meals to Georgia families in need.

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Atlanta Braves Team Up to Strike Out Hunger

You have no doubt noticed the strength of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff, striking batters out every game, but they are also helping us with a different kind of strike out. The Braves and Kroger are partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help Strike Out Hunger. Before every Friday home game, if you donate 20 cans or $20 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, you have the opportunity to have one item autographed by an Atlanta Braves pitcher.

Our very first Strike Out Hunger, on Friday, April 6th, was incredibly successful – we collected 230 lbs. of food and $820 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank in exchange for Tim Hudson’s autograph. The line started forming before the gates even opened for that evening’s matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Check out the video below to hear our Community Affairs Manager, Janet Sevilla, discuss this initiative.

Our next collection is coming up on Friday May 3rd prior to the Braves vs. Mets game. We will have bullpen stud Jonny Venters signing autographs in Monument Grove from 6:35 – 7:00 pm, so don’t forget your donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank! For more information, and to see the rest of our scheduled collection dates, visit

A Treat for CHOA

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Young patients from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and their families visited Turner Field for  “Braves Night”.  Prior to the first pitch of the Braves vs. Yankees series, Atlanta Braves Tim Hudson and Matt Diaz posed for photos and signed autographs for these youngsters. Take a look at a few of the moments captured on camera!