We all do it. Taking selfies is almost as routine as brushing your teeth or drinking a cup of coffee. Now imagine if simply snapping a selfie could raise money and awareness for a great charity. From September 27th to October 12th, diners at more than 12 Atlanta restaurants can raise money for Wholesome Wave Georgia by taking a picture of themselves with fresh fruits or vegetables and share to Instagram. Participating restaurants include 1KEPT, Bangkok Station, Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Farm Burger (Buckhead, Decatur, and Dunwoody locations), Gunshow, Iberian Pig, Miller Union, Saltyard, Sugo Kitchen, and Sweet Auburn Barbecue.
This unique fundraiser, Eat Good Do Good GA, led by local restaurateurs Nick Leahy (of Saltyard) and Thaddeus Keefe (of 1KEPT), aims to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to those facing food insecurity in the state.
Participating restaurants will have a selection of fresh produce for diners to include in their selfies. For each qualifying Instagram image taken at a one of the participating restaurants, $.50 will be donated to Wholesome Wave Georgia, an organization that works year-round to make healthy choices and locally grown produce accessible to Georgia’s food insecure population.
Wholesome Wave Georgia has grown from three partner farmer’s markets in 2009 to a network of 45 local farmer’s markets and direct-marketing farms in 2016. They have provided over $1.4 million in healthy food to eligible Georgia SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients and generated $1.4 million in revenue for local farmers. By subsidizing the higher costs of healthy, locally-grown foods, Wholesome Wave makes healthy, nourishing choices accessible for Georgia’s food insecure population.