The food on the shelves at America's Second Harvest is not stacking up to what it's been in the past. The staff says donations this year have been especially low.
"The food bank has seen a 60 percent increase in the amount of families they work with and at the same time have also seen a 30 percent decrease in the amount of funds," said
Frank Richards of America's Second Harvest of South Georgia.
Jennifer Glisson adds, "Because the economy in general is slow right now, people are working harder for their money and they're needing the money just as much as the hungry and the needy."
America's Second Harvest reports that in Georgia alone, one in five elderly people live below poverty levels, and one in every four children suffers from hunger. Organizers of a local children’s home say donations from Valdosta's Food Bank are critical.
"We have thirty mouths to feed and it's just without donations we wouldn't exist," says Heather Clarke of Rain Tree Village Group Home.
The food bank depends on many different sources for donations including major corporations. Next Wednesday they will receive over 150 cases of Gerber food, donated by the Colonial Mall.
"This kind of donation is invaluable because these are products for children which we usually cannot get donated. With the donation of this size we can feed 200-300 families that have small children,” says Frank Richards.
The Valdosta Food Bank welcomes all donations of time and treasure. They say even a small amount goes a long way, just a one dollar cash donation is translated into 34 pounds of food.
If you would like to make a donation or find out how you can get involved with the Valdosta Food Bank, you can call 229-244-2678.