Second Harvest of South Georgia donates 200 boxes of food to Cairo storm victims

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 7, 2019

CAIRO, Ga. (WCTV) -- In the aftermath of Sunday's devastating tornadoes that ripped through parts of South Georgia and the Big Bend, hundreds of Cairo families are still without a place to live and other necessities.

On Thursday, Second Harvest of South Georgia provided some of those necessities with boxes of fresh food, bringing 200 of their disaster relief boxes to Wilson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. The church is currently the point of distribution for donations in Cairo.

Second Harvest says each box has enough food for 10 meals.

The organization also says Southwest Georgia has the highest rate of food insecurity across the state and is even among the highest rates in the nation, so they're ready to do what it takes to help.

"Then you make a situation like this where people who might not have been food insecure now are," said Eliza McCall with Second Harvest of South Georgia. "At the end of the day, if we've helped restore a sense of normalcy and helped folks by providing that meal, then we've done our job."

Something that makes the relief boxes different from their usual ones is that they were packed by state legislators at the capital last month. Second Harvest says it was a hands-on experience to show them what their investment goes to.