Updated By: Julie Montanaro
May 16, 2014
The good news? Folks in our area donated nearly 50,000 pounds of food to "Stamp Out Hunger."
The not so good news? Now they desperately need volunteers to sort it all - and get it out to the families who need it.
The postal service's annual food drive last weekend brought in nearly 25 tons of food. It has to inspected to make sure it is still in date and has not been recalled. For that, Second Harvest needs many more volunteers.
News Release: Second Harvest of South Georgia
May 12, 2014
On Saturday, May 10, Second Harvest of South Georgia and the National Association of Letter Carriers teamed to participate in the nation’s largest single-day food drive. By Saturday evening, Second Harvest’s four branches had collected more than 172,000 pounds. Final totals will not be available until next week. This annual food drive, now in its 22nd year, began as a regional effort and now is a nationwide event that provides assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.
“We still have to pick up from many of the smaller branches across the region. We expect that total to rise substantially,” said Eliza McCall, Chief Marketing Officer of Second Harvest. “We’re grateful for the community’s support again this year. With each of these thousands of pounds of food, we feed hope for tomorrow, connecting our community and making a tangible impact on the problem of hunger each and every day.”
1 in 4 South Georgians struggle with hunger daily, including 1 in 3 children. Rates of hunger in our region and greater than any other part of Georgia; Georgia also ranks fourth highest in childhood hunger nationally.
Through our network of over 425 partner agencies we distributed more than 18.5 million pounds of food last year to families, children, and senior citizens in need through a variety of programs including the Food Bank, Kids Café, Mobile Food Pantry, Farm to Family, and Teachers Harvest.
This annual event relies heavily on volunteer participation from groups like Moody AFB, partner agencies like St. Peter AME and Trinity Presbyterian in Valdosta, as well as teams from local businesses. Valdosta State Farm agent Kelly Barr not only sponsored the event but came out and rolled up her sleeves to help. “In the past, I’ve donated to Stamp Out Hunger, but this year I wanted to be get more involved. It’s important to me as a wife and mom to see that families are fed, and it’s a core value of State Farm to serve others. Good neighbors care for each other, and I’m thrilled to be here!”
Second Harvest of South Georgia serves 30 counties and is the largest rural food bank in Georgia. Headquartered in Valdosta, the organization has locations in Albany, Douglas, and Thomasville. Through our network of over 425 partner charities and through our programs, Second Harvest distributed more than 18.5 million pounds of food in 2013 to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger. For more information on how to help alleviate hunger in South Georgia, visit us online at www.feedingsga.org.
By Julie Montanaro
May 8, 2014
The postman won't just be making special deliveries this weekend, he or she will be making special pick ups too.
It's your chance to help 'Stamp Out Hunger."
You can leave a bag of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox on Saturday, May 10th.
Postal carriers will pick it up a part of their annual food drive.
Folks in the Big Bend donated 85,000 pounds - or two tractor trailers full - of food during the drive last year. Second Harvest hopes to top 100,000 pounds this year.
"The donations tend to dry up this time of year and this postal food drive every year helps us get through the summertime feeding the folks in need in our community," said Second Harvest CEO Rich English.
Stamp Out Hunger is a national food drive now in its 22nd year. Last year it helped to feed 30 million people.
Just have your non-perishables by your mailbox in time for your regular mail delivery on Saturday.