Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Motorcycle clubs replenish Shrine food pantry

Published December 19, 2013

Metro Atlanta motorcycle riders filled the food pantry shelves at the St. Francis Table in Atlanta.

John Peek of KickStand Promotions, LLC, a local motorcycle marketing company, teamed with riders and Deacon Bill Payne at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to help those in need. The table serves about 1,500 men, women and children a week.

Peek discovered the Shrine many years ago when he saw so many hungry people waiting to eat a hearty meal of soup at the St. Francis Table. Three years ago, John and the local motorcycle community started “Feeding Families for Christmas.”

The men and women deliver bottled water and canned vegetables each Christmas season to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. With the donations, the Shrine can provide water and vegetables to those who are on the margins of the community during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

On Dec. 14, about 1,000 riders came to help unload the bottles of water and pounds of canned items, despite the buckets of rain that fell that Saturday. The Shrine Outreach Ministry is grateful for the donation from all the motorcycle clubs.