Monday, December 7, 2009
UWG alum Bill Bolling ’76 has a wealth of experience when it comes to hunger in Georgia and was recently recognized for it this fall. Bolling is the 2009 recipient of the Shining Light Award for his community service as founder and director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Since its inception in 1979, the ACFB has coordinated distribution of millions of pounds of food to 38 Georgia counties. The food bank distributes about 20 million pounds annually to more than 800 local and regional nonprofit groups.
Bolling earned a master’s degree at UWG in psychology and counseling and is a charter member of the board of directors of Feeding America. He is also a founder of the Atlanta Housing Forum and a frequent speaker on topics such as hunger, poverty and public policy reform.
The Shining Light is one of Atlanta’s top honors and recognizes outstanding business and community leaders for their individual contributions in building a better Atlanta. Former award winners include President Jimmy Carter and Chick-fil-A Inc. founder S. Truett Cathy.
Shining Light Awards are given in the form of eternally burning natural gas lamps and are placed throughout Atlanta in a location designated by awardees. Bolling’s Shining Light lamp stands at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.