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TGK Announces New Executive Director

New Executive Director Named to Help Serve Peace of Mind at The Giving Kitchen

Atlanta, GA – May 24, 2017 – The Giving Kitchen (TGK), a nonprofit organization that supports Atlanta area restaurant workers facing unanticipated crises, announced today the hiring of Bryan Schroeder as its new executive director. Schroeder brings a wealth of experience in the Georgia nonprofit sector, having spent the past decade building and leading both programming and development efforts for the Georgia Conservancy, most recently as Senior Director of Development and Marketing. Schroeder also earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia’s Institute for Nonprofit Organizations in 2006.

“I’m honored and humbled to join the TGK team,” Schroeder says. “Providing a safety net for the men and women who quite literally serve the metro-Atlanta area means a great deal to me. I look forward to working with the team, plus our donors, partners, and volunteers, to build on the exemplary work done over the last four years – work that has made TGK a vital partner to those in and around the Atlanta restaurant community, and a trailblazer in the industry nationwide.”

TGK board chair, Ryan Turner, shared his enthusiasm for the new addition to the team, saying, “We knew this opportunity would attract some excellent candidates, and Bryan’s background and experience are a perfect fit for helping TGK continue to grow in its mission of providing peace of mind to the restaurant workers of Atlanta. His work with the Georgia Conservancy is certainly impressive, but he also comes from a restaurant family, so knows firsthand how critical TGK’s efforts are to those in the industry who face an unexpected crisis.”

Schroeder also expressed his gratitude to the Conservancy, saying, “I’d like to thank them for 10 years of support and leadership as we worked together to protect Georgia’s natural resources. I would not be where I am today without the care and guidance from my colleagues and the leadership there, in particular Jim Stokes, Lieutenant Governor Pierre Howard, and Robert Ramsay.”

Schroeder’s contributions to The Georgia Conservancy over the years also drew praise. “Anytime a talented member of The Georgia Conservancy has the opportunity to pursue a dream job, it is bittersweet,” says Georgia Conservancy President Robert Ramsay. “While we are sad to see Bryan leave our team, we share in his joy and are excited about his opportunity to lead a wonderful organization in The Giving Kitchen.  As I was recently reminded at the Georgia Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary Family Reunion, once you are a part of the Georgia Conservancy family you will always remain a part of our family.”

About The Giving Kitchen:

The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, GA, that supports area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated crisis. TGK was inspired by the overwhelming expression of support from the restaurant industry when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with last stage cancer in December 2012. TGK provides emergency assistance grants for Atlanta area restaurant workers facing crises such as accidents, illness, or natural disaster, to help cover living expenses during their time of need. Funding for the sustainability of TGK comes from a variety of sources, including individual and corporate donors, as well as Staplehouse Restaurant, a unique for-profit subsidiary whose after-tax profits benefit TGK. Learn more at www.thegivingkitchen.org or www.staplehouse.com

About The Georgia Conservancy:

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017, the Georgia Conservancy is a statewide, Georgia-focused conservation organization whose mission is to protect and conserve our state’s natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration. Our vision is a Georgia where people and the environment thrive. Learn more at www.georgiaconservancy.org #thisismyga

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