Donny Edwards, a U.S. Army Veteran, is the founder of Hunger Has No Religion (HHNR). Retired in 2016, Donny decided to move from service to his country to serving his fellow man.
A man who is no stranger to hardship and homelessness, Donny has always kept the memory of his own personal struggles and hard work close to his heart and used it as fuel to someday give back to this community. Retiring as a Sergeant First Class, he had built a foundation of community service and support that would prepare him to take on this great task of helping, serving and improving the lives of the many homeless veterans and less fortunate of the Metro Atlanta area.
Donny has been a faithful member of the volunteer community for more than 10 years. Giving his time to organizations such as Feeding the Homeless Project, Service Without Walls and as of recent Hosea Feed the Hungry. His selflessness has been acknowledged and rewarded by his superiors within the U.S. Army with the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He was also bestowed a namesake award by Feeding the Homeless Project, Inc. and the Founder Hugh Pafford, which is called the Donny Edwards Award for Dedication, Commitment and Compassion. This award is given to an outstanding volunteer recipient on a yearly basis since 2013.
His most recent honor was a chapter in Dr. Courtney Hammonds book Men of Style, spotlighting men in our community that are making a difference. Even with the tireless work he places in HHNR, Donny never forgets to give of his time to the other organizations through feedings, clothing drives and more. A true passion to help.
Donny has always enlisted the help of adult volunteers but the most admirable is that of the children.
Not only does Donny include his own children whenever possible to volunteer, he has also gained the support of Holcomb Bridge Middle School in Roswell Georgia. The middle school has hosted an annual hygiene drive for one month each year to support the efforts of HHNR since 2015.
In the midst of building his non-profit organization Donny found the time to start and finish his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. A great milestone in the life of a man who dropped out of high school as he faced the various hardships that teenagers experience, Donny was determined to get his college education. This degree not only set precedence for what he could accomplish, it also helps him move his organization forward to unmeasured success.
In his continued journey to becoming a great leader, Donny is currently a member of Healthy Voice Toastmasters in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Donny’s vision when he started Hunger Has No Religion, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 2015, was to provide hygiene items and donated clothing for our unsheltered community including veterans as well as the less fortunate.
With the help of his faithful Assistant Ti Hodges and his Board Members, Donny has built a consistent and faithful group of supporters who make helping our unsheltered a possibility.
Donny continues to recruit friends, family, local business and organizations to donate of their time, hygiene products, clothing and, of course, monetary gifts.
Donny currently serves as a Board member for the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce in an effort not only to help his home community but to bring awareness to them about this growing epidemic we call homelessness.