It's the Season of Giving in Atlanta

November 20th, 2023

This story was excerpted from Mark Bowman’s Braves Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

The Braves’ Season of Giving might not bring Shohei Ohtani to Atlanta, but it will again enrich the community through numerous charitable endeavors throughout the Atlanta area.

“The Atlanta Braves Season of Giving campaign brings Braves front office staff, team members, corporate partners, and fans together each holiday season to address needs in our communities through a lens of service,” Braves vice president of community affairs Danielle Bedasse said. “This year, we continue our efforts to address food insecurity and food sovereignty with food distributions and community garden projects; we will celebrate our veterans, support local schools, and bring joy to children in foster care.”

Here is a look at some of the planned events:

School visits
Volunteers began visiting the Braves Foundation’s 2023 Cobb County Hank Aaron All-Star Schools in early November, and they will continue to do so through Dec. 7. The Braves helped plant, landscape, build things like picnic tables and assist teachers in the classroom. Teacher appreciation breakfasts will also be served at some schools with the assistance of McDonald’s.

Food giveaway
The 10th annual Braves Foundation Home Plate Project presented by Chick-fil-A promised to be a special one. The Braves, along with Chick-fil-A, Antioch AME Church, Reflections of Trinity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Urban Recipe provided non-perishable items and drinks, 300 frozen protein packages, 400 hot meals, and 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Stone Mountain community.

The Braves have helped donate 64,500 pounds of food to those in need this year.

Food gardens
Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud and his wife Britney are again assisting in the Pitch in for the Planet Volunteer Project presented by Coors Light on Dec. 1. Braves representatives and volunteers will plant fruit trees at Tapestry Garden, one of 20 community orchards in partnership with Food Well Alliance and Players for the Planet. These neighborhood-based orchards have been planted to increase access to fresh, healthy food and to promote environmental sustainability by expanding tree canopy.

Georgia Kids Belong
Children from Georgia’s foster care system will receive gifts from Braves and Truist employees when they visit Truist Park on Dec. 13 for a holiday party.

How can you help?
Beginning Nov. 28, the Atlanta Braves Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign will offer a way for Braves Country to give back and bring home some exclusive Atlanta Braves holiday merchandise. Fans who donate a minimum of $23 to the Atlanta Braves Foundation at will receive an exclusive 2023 NL East pennant replica ornament.