Universal Awakening : Biography : Board of Directors
Bill Bolling is the founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and has served as its Executive Director since 1979.
In this capacity he oversees the distribution of over 15 million pounds of good but unmarketable food each year through nearly 800 local and regional nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry.
is a frequent speaker on topics related to hunger, poverty, regionalism and public policy reform.
skills in bridging various public sectors have made him a leader in strengthening the community to serve those most in need.
Mr. Bolling holds degrees from Central Piedmont College and Appalachian State University in Business and Education.
He received his Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Counseling from West Georgia College in 1976.
Prior to his association with the Food Bank, he served as Director of Community Ministries for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Mr. Bolling is a charter member of the Board of Directors of America's Second Harvest National Food Bank Network.
He currently serves on Mayor Shirley Franklin's Commission on Homelessness and the Advisory Board of TechBridge.
He is founder and convener of the Atlanta Housing Forum, begun in 1988, and past Chair of the Board of the Regional Leadership Forum and the State of Georgia Housing Trust Fund Commission.
In 2005, Mr. Bolling
helped plan and coordinate the first-ever Interfaith Convocation held at the Washington National Cathedral
in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day.
Over 37 heads of faith from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Native American traditions and 1,500 attendees participated in this service calling for an end to hunger in our lifetime.
In 1990, Mr. Bolling
was one of 49 Americans selected by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for Group XI
of its Kellogg National Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship is structured to develop skills and insights in areas outside chosen disciplines, in order to enable the Fellow to approach society's complex problems more creatively and effectively.
focus of study with the three-year Kellogg Fellowship was on conflict resolution and citizen democracy, especially in emerging democracies, which led him into work internationally in Russia, the Middle East and Latin America.
In 1996, he was invited to serve as development consultant by the ambassador of Argentina at the Summit of the Americas World Hunger Conference in Buenos Aires.
Awards include the Atlanta Regional Commission's Golden Glasses Award for Visionary Leadership, Outstanding Service in Affordable Housing presented by Georgia Housing Finance Authority, the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Sidney Marcus Public Service Award of the Atlanta Fulton County League of Women Voters
, Unicef's Child Survival Award
, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Housing Champion Award
, the Atlanta Urban League Distinguished Community Service Award
and, in 2003, the second annual John van Hengel Hunger Fellow Award presented by America's Second Harvest in honor of the founder of Food Banking
In 1999, 2000 and 2005, Georgia Trend Magazine
selected him as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.
Mr. Bolling has been an adjunct professor in the School of Management of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has taught at Oglethorpe, Georgia State and Emory Universities.