Wayfield In The Community
Community Outreach Day
Wayfield Foods in collaboration with the Healing Community Center (a neighborhood health center) and the "Freinds of Collier" (neighborhood community avocates), came together to host a community outreach day which entailed health screening sign up and information about healthy living resources. referrals and upcoming events that will be available in our Wayfield Martin Luther King Store.
Wayfield Foods Wins the 2016 Civic Impact Award!
The Center for Civic Innovation held it's Atlanta's second annual Civic Impact Awards on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Atlanta is home to some of the world's most powerful social movements. It is built on a history of people coming together to tackle challenges bigger than their own. The Center for Civic Innovation launched the Civic Impact Awards to celebrate the people who put in the time and energy day in and day out to change the lives of other people for the better.
The Center for Civic Innovation solicited nominations from the community to recognize these amazing Atlantans in seven categories. We received a record-breaking 200 nominations. With the help of outside judges, we whittled this impressive group down to three or four finalists in each category. At the Civic Impact Awards, we announced winners in each category!
There were 7 categories: Nonprofit Moving the Needle, Corporate Civic Impact, Investing in Innovation, Small Business, Big Impact, Innovation in Government, Creative Impact, Good Troublemaker
Wayfield Foods was nominated for and won the "Corporate Civic Impact" award category!
Wayfield Foods won this award, recognizing a corporation that goes above and beyond to make their hometown of Atlanta better. This corporation represents how cities and businesses can work together to solve systemic social challenges. Wayfield Foods, a chain of grocery stores, was selected for their commitment to educate the community on healthy living.
Healthy Eating From Head to Toe
Wayfield was happy to be a proud sponsor of the Heathy Living Community festival for the adults and children of Collier Heights. We had a blast celebrating the day with the
kids and helping them learn more about various ways to achieve healthy living through diet and excercise.
Community Parks and Recreation Avocate
Wayfield was in the community again supporting our neighborhood partner "Friends of Collier" as we petition the Atlanta Parks and Recreation Board to install
new park playgroung and splash pad for our youth in the Collier Heights community!
Healthy Cities Leadership Academy
GE Corporation Awards Wayfield Foods as a part of the "Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living" $25,000 to perform work in the community!
Emory University, Wayfield Foods and Healing Community Center Win Prize To Help Combat Diet-Related Disease.
A cross-functional, intra-organizational team made up of Emory University, Wayfield Foods and Healing Community Center was one of nine recipients who recently received a $25,000 grant from General Electric to collaboratively fight obesity, diabetes and other diet-related disease. This collaborative team, which includes Wayfield Foods, the Healing Community Center, the Office of the President of Emory, Emory Continuing Education, the Emory Urban Health Initiative, the Goizueta Business School and The Rollins School of Public Health, has taken on the name, “Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living.” The prize will be used to create a program to engage members of the community in healthy eating and provide information and assistance in food preparation and preventative care.
The Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living aims to improve health outcomes by linking services at Healing Community Center, founded by Emory/Grady physician Charles Moore, with nutrition and healthy eating programs at the Wayfield Foods located on Martin Luther King, Jr Drive. The coalition will train Wayfield employees to become Health Ambassadors by educating them on healthy eating and food preparation. The Healing Community Center will provide nutrition prescriptions for healthy foods to their HEAL patients. GE’s commitment to the effort includes mentorship and additional training for teams as they develop plans and execution.
At Wayfield, the Health Ambassadors will assist shoppers with making healthier food purchases, link them with other in-store programs and provide information on services at the Healing Community Center. HEAL patients will work with Wayfield Foods Health Ambassadors to fill their nutrition prescriptions and engage in in-store nutrition, health and cooking activities. Representatives from Emory will support the process through marketing, food labeling, training Health Ambassadors and monitoring and evaluating the program.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to build upon the work that we have started collectively in our community,” Moore said. “We have identified some of the pressing issues that we face and together we have developed a plan to address those issues.”
“This pilot project creates a continuum of care that reaches from the clinic into the community and back again,” added Amy Webb Girard, an assistant professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. “Engaging the community in healthy decision- making won’t stop when they leave the clinic. In creating a supportive environment within the community, we aim to make the healthier option the easier option.”
The focus area in Southwest Atlanta is one of the city’s most under-resourced. These neighborhoods, and others like them, have shortages of quality healthcare and resources to make healthy dietary decisions. More than half of the community’s population lives below the poverty line with 98 percent of its children qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Working in concert, the coalition will provide a holistic approach to educate and serve the area at the grocery store and health clinic — contextual centers for quality life change.
“Through this innovative program, we will be able to provide additional assistance to community members and patients in making healthy choices by reaching beyond the medical care setting to provide continuous support in their communities and in their day to day lives,” Moore said.
“GE is committed to enabling better health for more people through supporting the development and deployment of innovative population health strategies,” said Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures. “Improving the health of a community is a complex effort that requires collaboration from many stakeholders. Each of the nine winning proposals brings in local businesses to help governments, foundations and private organizations more effectively develop and implement community health initiatives that truly make a lasting impact.”
The coalition expects to launch the program at Wayfield and HEALing Community Center in early 2017 and will be competing for an additional $250,000 in funding from GE next year.
Cooking Matters Grocery Store Tours
Wayfield Foods and Open Hand Cooking Matters have partnered up to offer educational grocery store tours. These tours teach various priciples on how to shop for nutricianal family meals for under $10 through a incentive called the "$10 Challenge" Participants in the tour learn about the 5 basic food groups, how to read food labels, and have to purchase
Helping our Seniors
Wayfield and the Word of Faith (Love Center) Church worked in the community to help seniors by washing their cars and load their groceries as they exited the Wayfield Foods grocery store. Members of Love Center (shown below) stopped for picture opportunity with the store director during the event.
School Career Day 2016
What an awesome opportunity to change the course of child's life through giving of time and lending educational influence on the "world of work"! Wayfield was in the community again making an impact on the children at Pointe South Elementary and their Career Day!
Avocates for our Children In the Community!
Wayfield supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Avocates) and their efforts to "Speak UP" for children in our communities.
Wayfield Foods Support Healthy Cooking
Wayfield promotes healthy living through the sponsorship of healthy cooking classes in partnership with the UGA Extension for neighborhood families.
Job Fair for Veterans
Wayfield Foods served as one of the community partner and was one of the employers that was in attendance at the Veterans Empowerment Organizations semi annaual job fair. Wayfield in the community empowering veterans and helping them get back in the workforce.
Pointe South 2016 Valentines Gala
Wayfield Foods in the community supporting a mentoring program for girls at the Pointe South Elementary School. This year Wayfield help sponsor their 2016 Father/Daughter Valentines Day Gala. The girls and boys had an awsome time enjoying food, fun and fellowship after getting all dressed up to celebrate the day!
Landing Tracts Senior Health & Wellness Fair
Wayfield Foods in partnership with Landing Tracts for Advanced Living hosted a "Senior Health & Wellness Fair" on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at Jefferson Parks and Recreation Center. It was an awesome educational event with physician talks, entertainment, fitness demonstration, lunch, door prizes and free groceries! A big thank you goes to one of the main sponsors of this event, Kaiser Permanente, for their contribution and continued commitment to promoting health and wellness in our community.
For 19 years, Santa Claus has been visiting Wayfield Foods. He has a blast with the kids and the adults. He always listens and he even stops to pray with those who ask. And when he hears a beat, he is on his feet dancing!!!!! Thank you, Santa!!!!!
Strong 4 Families Men's Health & Wellness Fair
Wayfield Foods & Cooking Matters partnered up at the "Strong For Families" men's health and wellness fair to do a cooking demonstration of a healthy food option (vegetable soup) using freshly made vegetable soup packets made up daily in the Wayfield Foods produce department. Everyone who attended was given the recipe for this vegetable soup and Wayfield raffled off the soup packets as promotion to encourage healthy eating.
Breast Cancer Awareness Fair
Wayfield Foods joined the Clayton County Accountability Courts in their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fair! Wayfield was proud to be one of the sponsors of this community event which helps educate and raise awareness in the community about breast cancer. Over 200 people were in attendance! Hats off to lead organizer, Toni Bell with the Clayton County Courts, who planned and help facilitate several of the event details!
NOW Awards Reception
Wayfield Foods was in the community again at the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center with the "Friends of Collier Park" celebrating their 10th Annual flowers (NOW-Neighborhoods Oustanding Women) Awards, which included a reception that Wayfield Foods was a proud sponsor of in an effort to honor the accomplishments of 15 oustanding women in the community! The reception and awards ceremony also featured various types of cultural arts and musical entertainment such as an african dance and a classical violinist performance.
Grandparents Day at Pointe South Elementary
Wayfield was excited to be a part of the annual "Grandparents" day at Pointe South Elementary. We had a blast speaking to the parents and grandparents about the importance of family meals and supplying the give aways for the days' festivities!
Fulton Fresh Mobile Market
As a part of the Waydfield Foods healthy eating initiative, Wayfield solutes the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market and was in attendance at the 2015 summer closing ceremony and community gathering, along with the UGA Extension and the (EFNEP) Expanded Food & Nitrition Education Program.
The Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market program works to educate food consumers to advocate for better food for their neighborhoods. Fulton Fresh empowers people living in food deserts to venture outside their neighborhoods to shop and to ask local shop owners to provide higher quality food. The Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, which launched in 2011, provides nutrition classes and weekly deliveries of fresh vegetables to food-insecure neighborhoods across the city. The program started with one farmers market truck, but has expanded to two trucks serving 16 neighborhoods during the summer. In 2013 alone, more than 5,000 residents took part in Fulton Fresh’s nutrition programs and received fresh vegetables.
5K Run Walk
Wayfield staff get their running and walking in at the Chairman Turner Fitness 5K Run/Walk Event! Wayfield Foods is a proud supporter of this fund raising community event.
Urban Community Garden
Wayfield supports healthy eating and is partnering with the Urban Community Garden to promote the"healthy eating initiative" in north west Atlanta. The Urban Community Garden hosted a community cook out to encourage healthy eating by preparing kosher meats like "Hewbrew National" hot dogs (which can be purchased in Wayfield Foods stores) and fresh vegetables and herbs that were grown in the community garden for the residents.
GFIA Best Bagger Contest
Every July, the Georgia Food Industry Association (GFIA) hosts a Best Bagger Contest at their annual convention. This contest is a chance for baggers from across the state to compete for scholarships and an opportunity to represent Georgia at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Contest in Las Vegas. It is a very exciting event and oppoturnity to baggers to win money for school. Our representative was Julien from our Headland store! He was the first Wayfield bagger to compete and he did an awesome job representing Wayfield!!!
Wayfield Best Bagger Contest
Wayfield held it's first Best Bagger Contest on June 1, 2015 at our Wayfield/Ace location in Fayetteville, GA. The best bagger from each Wayfield location showed their skills and competed with one another. The Grand Prize Winner, Julien W., won a $500 scholarship and a trip to San Destin, Florida to compete in the Georgia Food Industry Association's Best Bagger Contest! The runner-up, Kristian G., won $100 cash and our third place winner, Keyante H., won $50 cash. Overall, we had a blast and we look forward to doing this event again for years to come!!!
Youth Culinary Arts Competition
Wayfield Foods was a proud sponsor of the 2015 ACT-SO Culinary Arts Competition along with the Le Cordon Blue Culinary Arts School and other sponsors. ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) is a youth program under the administrative backing of the NAACP. The first national ACT-SO competition was held in 1978 in Portland, Oregon. This is the 10th year that the NAACP DeKalb County, Ga branch has hosted ACT-SO.
ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students. Moses White of Wayfield Foods said, "It was a delight to see the young people compete in something other than sports and entertainment.”
River's Edge Trunk or Treat
We had a blast Trunk or Treating with the River's Edge Community in Fayetteville! Thank you for letting us be a part of the fun! This is a great group of people!!!!!
Pointe South Elementary School
Our Community Impact Director, Dr. Charles Jackson, Sr., had a blast at Pointe South Elementary celebrating their "Grandparents Day"! Principal Taylor expressed the excitement of many who are happy that Wayfield has moved into the community!
4th Annual Seafood and Music Festival
The City of Riverdale's "Seafood & Music Festival" was recently named one of the Top 25 Food & Drink events in Atlanta by Zagat. This signature event for the city attracts an estimated 10,000 people to the exciting Riverdale Town Center. We were happy to be part of this event on Saturday, August 30, 2014!
Wayfield Summer BBQ Tour
This summer (2014), we teamed up with V-103's Larry Tinsley and Atlanta's own Chef DeJoie to serve up some great music and the best meat in town! This is a way to give back to our customers. The tour, which included 5 of the 9 Wayfield locations, was a success! We had a great response. We played games, ate food and gave away Wayfield gift cards! Most of all, we had a blast! Thank you, Wayfield Customers!!!!
Box Tops For Education
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Bring in your Box Tops to your local Wayfield Foods store to assist in helping our schools and community earn extra cash for their students. Click picture below to learn more about Box Tops.
Movie Ticket Winner
Congratulations to Arika Clark and her mom for winnining $500 in Wayfield gift cards for winning our movie ticket contests! Thank you for shopping at Wayfield!!!!
On Tuesday, December 10th, the SCLC/Women's Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. held its Thirty-Fourth Annual Senior Christmas Party at the Georgia International Convention Center. Wayfield Community Impact was in attendance and was happy to help make this event a great success. Pic 1 - Soul Line Dancers - Beulah Baptist Church - Decatur; Picture 2 - the dancing divas from the Darnell Center - Atlanta; Pic 3 - The Impact Team; and Pic 4 - Dr. Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery, Founder, who passed away a few months ago. This event supported Seniors throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
Southeast Region Veterans Vocational Training
On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Wayfield was honored to support the Grand opening of the new Southeast Region Veterans Vocational Training Center in Fayetteville. Our Veterans are true heroes in our communities!
In HIs Great Name Ministries
Wayfield Foods is happy to support In His Great Name Ministries' Annual Community Dinner, Thursday, 11/28/2013 (Thanksgiving Day) in the Fairburn Youth Center. Pictured on the right is Ms. Jane Williams of Wayfield Community Impact presenting $100.00 in Wayfield gift cards to one of Pastor Paula Jone's faithful volunteers.
Wayfield Foods Community Impact and WIGO Radio teamed up to help 15 families celebrate Thanksgiving by giving away boxes of Turkeys and all the trimmings at our Tara Blvd Store during a live remote on Saturday, November 23rd!
Praise at the Christian Plaza
: On Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Wayfield Community Impact partnered with Praise 102.5 and the Atlanta Hawks to celebrate "Praise at The Christian Plaza!". The College Park community near our Wayfield store17 (Roosevelt Hwy) enjoyed great music, games ,prizes and chances to win Hawks tickets to their "Inspiration of Atlanta Night" celebrating the impact of gospel music on Dec 6, 2013 at Phillips Arena during the Hawks NBA game.
Atlanta Hawks Inspiration of Atlanta Choir
When the Atlanta Hawks Inspiration of Atlanta Choir did their recording at Patchwerk Studios on Hemphill Avenue in Atlanta, our Wayfield Foods Community Impact Team was there, and appreciated by all the hungry singers, during the 4hr session in preparation for the December 6 Inspiration Night event at Phillips Arena!
National Parental Involvement Day
Pointe South Elementary School's Principal, Ms. Taylor, thanks Dr. Jackson of Wayfield Community Impact for his B.E.S.T. Presentation to the parents for National Parental Involvement Day.
Dr. Jackson encouraged parents to stay engaged in the lives of their children by checking their homework, attending teacher conferences and challenging their child to be his or her BEST.
B= Be Friendly (Smile, speak to and look people in the eyes),
E= Enthusiastic (We should be excited about life),
S= Serve (Have a spirit to help others not just ourselves),
T= Talk politely ( Thank you, You're Welcome, Please, excuse me, etc.)
For Sisters Only
"For Sisters Only” is an event that V-103 has put on for the past 21 years. This year's (22nd) version of For Sisters Only (FSO) , featured big female acts such as Kelly Rowland, Atlanta's own Ciara, K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton. The event also includes talks about health, hair care and relationships, as well as plenty of goods and services at booths. Wayfield had a booth at this year’s FSO and was represented by Antionette Bailey,Tiffany Brown and AdGirl, Kim McClure. They greeted attendees and handed out Wayfield Key Chains, Bread Clips, Mints, Bags and Gift Cards. The grand prize given out was a $500 gift card. Thank you, ladies, for a job well done representing Wayfield Foods in our community!!
Get Fit and Go Shop
Get Fit and Go Shop was a success! We had a blast touring 5 or our 9 locations. Thank you to JoAnna Ward and her fitness crew and the Colonel from tv's "Meet the Browns" for making this a special event.
Praise in the Park
On Saturday, August 10th, Wayfield Foods was honored to partner with Praise 102.5 and other sponsors to present Praise in the Park 2013 at Centennial Park here in Atlanta. This annual event brings together some of the best national and local Gospel artists and groups. It also draws thousands of people from Atlanta and around the world who converge on the park to enjoy praise, fellowship, food and family fun. One such participant was Ms. Vernel Medlin who before the day was over would win over $500.00 in much needed groceries from Wayfield Foods Community IMPACT. Congratulations, Ms. Vernel!!!!!
National Day of Prayer
Every year on the first Thursday of May Wayfield observes the the National Day of Prayer at all our stores! Most recently May 2, 2013.
Feeding the Homeless
Wayfield Community IMPACT is excited to support Heavens Gateway Ministry in feeding the homeless on June 16th and June 30th- Downtown Atlanta at Woodruff Park as well as the Peach and Pine Men's Shelter. This happens every two weeks!
Community Impact Meeting
On May 16th Wayfield Foods was privileged to participate in the Partners for Education Meeting at Pointe South Elementary....Wayfield Community IMPACT has supported Pointe South throughout the year to help increase parent involvement!