Community Involvement

We feel fortunate to live and work in a country that offers the freedom and opportunity to create your own destiny. A place where you can turn your hard work and dreams into a reality. The people in our corner of Georgia and South Carolina have been very good to us. They have supported our products as we have rolled out new brands and embraced our foodservice company, A&A Vending, when we decided to begin providing vending and foodservice to our local communities.

We believe it is our responsibility to give back to the communities and people that have helped to make us successful. We have listed some of the organizations and causes that we have supported and would invite you to consider supporting these worthy enterprises that work to make our communities a better place to live.Cookin for Kids

Child Enrichment Inc./Cookin' for Kids

Child Enrichment is serving record numbers of abused, neglected and abandoned children. Over 14,000 children have received the services of Child Enrichment since 1978. Last year, 808 victims of child abuse and 262 non-offending parents, caregivers, and siblings received help. Your support translates into the healing and recovery for hundreds of child abuse victims each year.

Golden Harvest Food Bank

Golden Harvest Food Bank was founded in 1982 and operates three warehouse distribution sites (Augusta, GA, Aiken, SC, and Liberty, SC). Through more than 284,760 family visits in FY2008, Golden Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 10.7 million pounds of food. Golden Harvest is a locally-supported, nonprofit, charitable food distribution center that provides grocery products to the hungry through a network of partner agencies and, faith-based ministries.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair

Proceeds benefit many youth related groups and organizations dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in the Central Savannah River Area which covers numerous communities in Georgia and South Carolina. This event is sponsored by the Augusta Exchange Club which contributes money, time and effort to many deserving causes in the area.

westerncarolinastatefairWestern Carolina State Fair

Sponsored by the Aiken Jaycees, the proceeds from this event help fund the many important projects undertaken by the Jaycees each year. On average, the Aiken Jaycees conduct approximately 50 community service projects each year; such as Aiken Trials, SC Camp Hope and Adopt-A-Parkway.

Augusta Training Shop, Inc./Derby Day

Derby Day is a fund raiser to benefit the Augusta Training Shop, Inc. During Derby Day, you feel as though you are really at the Kentucky Derby in Lexington. The atmosphere boasts of southern charm, beautiful red roses, big hats and equestrian fanfare. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Work Center that employs mentally and physically challenged adults. These talented employees learn the trade and are able to do the work independently. Using this service enables these people a rich opportunity to participate in a dignified, meaningful life.

Historic Edgefield's Heritage Jubileeedgefieldjubilee

This annual event is hosted by the community of Edgefield, South Carolina and benefits the many civic and charitable organizations in their local area.

University Health Care Foundation/Art Patchin Jr. Endowment

University Health Care Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to raise funds to support the hospital's mission of maintaining and enhancing the health of all people living within the communities they serve. The Art Patchin Jr. Endowment benefits the University Health Care Foundations and sponsors an annual celebration as a fund raiser.

The Hale House Foundation

The Hale House Foundation, Inc. is a transitional program to assist men over the age of 21 with substance abuse problems to recover in a safe halfway house setting until they are ready to assume responsibility by readjusting to society and resume independent living. All programs are geared around the philosophy of the 12 step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous and all programs are centered around the local and in-house “12 step” meetings.

Junior League of Augusta

The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Established in 1929, the Junior League of Augusta has donated over $1,500,000 and countless volunteer hours to our community.

boyscoutsBoy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for our youth. Boy Scouting is a program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests, all designed to achieve the BSA's objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness, and good citizenship.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta

The mission of the organization is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They provide a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals and life enhancing programs and character development experiences. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta serves nearly 3,000 children each year in Augusta, Thomson and neighboring communities.

The Empty Stocking Fund

This fund assists the many less fortunate families in our community to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

Walton Foundation supporting the Walton Rehabilitation Health Systemwaltonrehab

Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, the cornerstone of Walton Rehabilitation Health System, is a not-for-profit rehabilitation hospital located in the Medical Corridor of Augusta, Georgia. The hospital offers adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient programs for persons recovering from stroke, head injuries, spinal injuries, orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and other disabling illnesses and injuries.