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The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance (KFLA) named Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, as the recipient of the 2009 Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award for his exemplary efforts to serve the vulnerable populations of the greater Atlanta area.

Under Bolling’s leadership, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which began as a church soup kitchen, oversees the distribution of more than 20 million pounds of food annually. Bolling’s innovative ideas that challenge the paradigm of food distribution to Atlanta’s vulnerable groups have become a national model for the country’s food banks.

“We can no longer objectify those in need anymore; it’s no longer ‘those other folks,’” says Bolling. While he acknowledges the suffering of those in need, Bill points out, “Government and systems don’t change without a welling up and advocacy from the populace. Change comes out of pain, and right now we have a lot of pain.”

The Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award recognizes Kellogg Fellows that demonstrate an extraordinary ability to be compassionate, courageous risk-takers and who have a talent for delivering solutions with impact. The 2009 award was presented at the biannual KFLA Forum, Feb. 12 to Feb. 15, in Tulum, Mexico, where Bolling spoke about his work to the more than 200 attendees.  

Prior to starting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Bolling served as the director of Community Ministries for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He holds degrees in business and education from Central Piedmont College and Appalachian State University.

About the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, www.acfb.org, currently distributes almost 2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items every month to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

About the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award

The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Spirit of Leadership Award is named for Ray Gatchalian, a Kellogg Fellow who passed away in 2003. The award recognizes a Fellow that has proven to be an exceptional leader embodying characteristics that defined Gatchalian’s work. These leaders must be compassionate, courageous risk takers that have a talent for delivering solutions with an impact. The award is presented biannually at KFLA’s Forum. For more information please visit www.kfla.org.

About the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance (KFLA)

The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, www.kfla.org, is a network of more than 1,200 leaders throughout 40 countries worldwide committed to positive change and to giving back in their communities. KFLA connects, renews, and leverages its Kellogg Fellows' network and partners as an effective, humane change agent in addressing today’s critical issues.