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Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Café is Fighting Food Waste with Second Helpings

Second Helpings Atlanta logoThe Food and Nutrition Services team at Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Café diligently works behind the scenes after the daily breakfast rush to package and freeze leftover food items. All this extra work is for a good cause. Unused pans of high-protein items, such as eggs, bacon and sausage, are donated to Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta.

Every Thursday, volunteers from Second Helpings Atlanta pick up pounds of frozen breakfast leftovers from Asbury Café and deliver the food to the Good Samaritan Health Center, which serves hot meals to the homeless. “We have been partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for almost two years now,” says Emory University Hospital Executive Chef Mike Bacha. “On average, we donate 300 pounds of breakfast leftovers per month to Second Helpings.”

In 2018, Asbury Café donated 2,755 pounds of rescued food items to Second Helpings Atlanta. Through these donations, Second Helpings Atlanta was able to stream valuable food into the metro Atlanta community to feed individuals and families who face the challenges of poverty and food insecurity.

“I give credit to the cooks and café attendants who spend valuable time and effort packaging and freezing leftover breakfast items. Without their dedication, we wouldn’t be able to contribute to this great cause,” says Bacha.

Emory Healthcare would like to give a big shoutout to the following staff at Asbury Café for demonstrating Emory Healthcare service and their commitment to transforming healthcare in our community.

  • Charles Richardson, chef
  • Moses Quarterman, sous chef
  • Anthony Batchelor, cook
  • Jackie Tutt, food & nutrition associate
  • Jackie Fletcher, food services attendant II

If your Food and Nutrition Services team is interested in partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta, please reach out to Mike Bacha at

More About Second Helpings Atlanta

Since 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta’s community of volunteers have been picking up surplus nutritious, perishable and frozen prepared food from grocery stores, big box retailers, corporate dining halls, hospitals, and large events, and delivering it to more than 50 front-line agencies in metro Atlanta that feed the hungry every day. The food they rescue gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need. To learn more, visit

More About Good Samaritan Health Center

The Good Samaritan Health Center works to remove the barriers preventing low-income families and individuals from obtaining access to quality health care in metro Atlanta by providing medical, dental, health education, mental health, and social services. To learn more, visit

Emory Healthcare Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers month, a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Here at Emory we strive and take pride in giving exceptional care to our patients, family members and community. In fulfilling our purpose of providing patient- and family-centered care, Emory Healthcare invites patients and family members to partner with us as part of our Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) program. We recognize that family and friends are an integral part in a patient’s recovery.

Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipient’s medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best the dietary and exercise capabilities and/or limitations of their loved ones.

“Being a family caregiver has become a more-than-fulltime job.  Emory has helped me do that well with the way the staff treats the caregiver role as an integral partnership.  We have come to know, love and appreciate the caring relationships we have developed with staff throughout Emory who, in addition to great medical care, give both my husband and me emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual support.”Sylvia Bell PFA for Emory Healthcare

“My family and I have received excellent service from Emory Johns Creek Hospital and in an effort to return the favor, I became a PFA.  Since healthcare providers may not always understand how their actions and communications are perceived, I hope that as a PFA, the insight I offer from a patient and caregiver point of view can help to improve the overall patient experience for others.”Tobie Walters, PFA at Emory Johns Creek Hospital since March 2012

Although November is National Family Caregivers month, we thank and appreciate all of our family caregiver members year round! We look to them for advice and guidance to ensure exceptional care delivery for patients and families, even during the most difficult times. We thank you all and salute you for your dedication and commitment to family, community and care!

“This month and throughout the year, let the quiet perseverance of our family caregivers remind us of the decency and kindness to which we can all aspire.”
President Barack Obama, 2011’s NFC Proclamation