We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Kyle Waide, the President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). For the uninitiated, the ACFB receives 60 million pounds of food annually and distributes it among 600 partner agencies. Waide has only been in his role at the ACFB for a little over a year, but that hasn’t stopped him from leading it through a 10-year strategic plan that will increase access to nutritious food across metro Atlanta and North Georgia for those facing hunger insecurity.
After living in 14 different cities among 12 states, Waide has called Atlanta home for over a decade, along with his wife and three kids. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Waide himself.
I live in… “Belvedere Park – a small, diverse community surrounded by East Lake, Avondale Estates, and Decatur. I love our neighbors - a nice mix of longtime residents and new folks moving in. I love living ITP - it's so easy for us to get anywhere in the city.”
I Wish People Knew... “about the incredible legacy of generosity from our leaders in Atlanta. Whether it's building the Georgia Aquarium and our museums and schools, stabilizing Grady Hospital, preserving our trees and green spaces, or providing leadership during our darkest hours, the leaders of this region have stepped up time and again to pay their civic rent, bringing the community together to address our great challenges.”
You Can Find Me… “chasing my three little kids around one of our region's many great parks, trails and playgrounds, eating dinner with my wife on date night, relaxing in downtown Decatur on the weekend or visiting one of our favorite cultural spots, like the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Children's Museum of Atlanta.”
It’s Dinner Time, I’m Headed to… “Kevin Rathbun Steak, and then on to the BeltLine to walk off the wine and food. We also love Parkers on Ponce in Decatur, and Community Q BBQ in North Decatur is our favorite takeout choice.”
Clock Strikes 5’oclock, I’m Drinking... “at the Commerce Club, talking with someone about the food bank. Otherwise, my favorite spots are in Decatur: I go to the Brickstore, Twains and Leon's for great beer, snacks, and conversation. But my very favorite happy hour option is a glass of scotch in my living room or on the deck while I hang with my wife and kids.”
If I had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d Check Into… “one of our two great Ritz-Carlton hotels, in Buckhead and Downtown. They've been incredible partners and supporters of the Food Bank, and the service quality is legendary.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret is… “our diversity. Over the last decade, we've become much more multicultural, multiethnic and multinational. We're becoming a more global city. As someone who likes to learn about and learn from other cultures and backgrounds, I'm really energized by our growing diversity.”
When I’m Playing Tourist I go to… “the Center for Civil and Human Rights. It is an amazing experience that does a great job of connecting the civil rights work central to Atlanta's history to a broader set of movements around the globe. I also go to the King Center - at different challenging times in my work, I've gone down to old Ebenezer and sat in the sanctuary and listened to the recordings of Dr. King's sermons. I always leave with clarity, conviction, and strength.”
I Love Spending My Money at… “an Atlanta Hawks or Falcons game. We have lots of great pro and college sports teams in the region, but these are my favorite - can't wait for Atlanta United in 2017 to add to the mix!”