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Join Heifer International’s ‘Communities of Change’ Event in Atlanta To Celebrate 70 years of Family Farming

ATLANTA, Georgia

This year marks both the 70th anniversary of Heifer International and the United Nations proclamation of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. To recognize both of these, Heifer International invites you to Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change Atlanta, at The Carter Center on October 4, 2014 from 7-9 pm.

Family farmers have long been the foundation of thriving communities and societies. Heifer believes it is no different today: they hold the solution to ending hunger and poverty. They will increase their family’s nutrition and income, and contribute to community and economic development.

“This is the year the rest of the world takes notice of the 600 million smallholder farmers and herders, and the timing couldn’t be more critical,” said Pierre Ferrari, President & CEO of Heifer International.

With 805 million people around the world struggling with hunger, there is still much work to accomplish and Heifer wants YOU, the donors, volunteers, advocates and supporters to help create Communities of Change so that we can all see an end to hunger.

Heifer has an established history of fighting hunger and poverty, but it doesn't end there. The organization is enacting social change by empowering women and men with the tools and training they need to feed their families. You can join us.

Please attend our event scheduled from 7-9 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at The Carter Center in Atlanta.

  • An informal drop-in to view educational exhibits and films from 7-8 pm with speakers from 8-9 pm
  • Welcome remarks Heifer’s President and CEO, Pierre Ferrari; Heifer Foundation’s President, Ardyth Neill; and President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Dr. Steve Robinson. Keynote presentation by Heifer’s Vice President of Africa Programs, Elizabeth Elango Bintliff.
  • Celebrate what has been accomplished together, while looking ahead to how we can continue to partner to create a more just and sustainable world.

The work that Heifer International is doing makes it possible for children to go to school and learn, free from the pain of an empty stomach. Heifer participants are caring for the Earth through sustainable farming and water conservation methods. And for years, participating families have been encouraged to Pass on the Gift of self-reliance to others, ensuring that these positive changes last for generations.

“Heifer has a strong community of support in the Atlanta area, including those in the faith and school communities, civic organizations, businesses and individuals. We look forward to celebrating them for making our work possible, while also reflecting on how we can continue to end hunger and poverty as a collective force,” said Kate Herndon, Heifer’s Community Engagement Manager and Atlanta representative for the past nine years.

Come celebrate what Heifer International, along with its donors, volunteers, advocates and supporters, has accomplished together at the Atlanta-area Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change event, a series of events being held nationwide this year. Together, we have power over hunger and poverty, and can move to a world beyond hunger.

For a full list of events and to register, visit, www.heifer.org/communities or e-mail info@heifer.org.

About Heifer International:
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call 1-800-696-1918.

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Media Contacts: 

Heifer International:
Linda Meyers, Public Relations
Linda.Meyers@heifer.org
501-907-2647

Local Event:
Kate Herndon
Heifer International
kate.herndon@heifer.org
(501) 907-8850 

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