Giving Tuesday

After we have a day of thanksgiving and three days dedicated to shopping, we have a day dedicated to giving back to others. This Giving Tuesday you have the opportunity to help those in need in our community. By making a donation to Second Harvest of South Georgia, you can have a tangible positive effect on the lives of our neighbors in need.

Make your donation online HERE or by check made payable to Second Harvest of South Georgia (mail to: 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601).

ANNOUNCING: CACFP SITE ADDITION

The Second Harvest of South Georgia (1411 Harbin Circle Valdosta, GA 31601) announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.  The same meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants at the centers listed below. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Winona Green at (229) 469-6929 for more information.

CENTER and ADMINISTRATIVE SPONSORS:

Jr. Eagles Tutoring Program: – a program of Wings of Eagles, Inc.

300 S. Madison Avenue, Quitman, GA 31643

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services, Child Nutrition Programs – Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Meals are used to determine the rate that the center will be reimbursed for meals served in this program.                    

Request for Bids: Food Procurement for Kids Café Program – Re-Bid

Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc. (“SHSGA”) is accepting Sealed Bids from qualified food vendors for Food Procurement for our Kids Cafe Program (“KCP”). Items to be bid on are for protein/frozen meats and canned fruits and vegetables. The contract period will begin on December 1, 2017 and end on September 30, 2018. Sealed bids will be received no later than 1:00 pm EST, Monday, November 20, 2017, and delivered to Emily Broome-Garrison, Chief Financial Officer, SHSGA, 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, Georgia 31601 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud at 1:30 pm EST. Bids received after the above date and time or in any other location other than the Office of the Chief Financial Officer will not be considered.

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 10:00 am EST at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601. Attendance at the pre-bid meeting is highly suggested.

Our KCP is a participant of the CACFP program administered by Bright From the Start with the State of Georgia. We provide meals to children in after-school programs for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children. We maintain four kitchens, one in Valdosta, GA, one in Albany, GA, one in Douglas, GA and one in Thomasville, GA, where meals are prepared and then delivered to children in these service areas and their surrounding communities. We operate Monday through Friday of each week. Annually, we serve approximately 675,000 meals and snacks, which include supper and snacks throughout the school year and may include breakfast, AM snacks, lunch, PM snacks and dinner on school breaks and holidays. All meals must follow the USDA Required Child Meal Patterns.

Bid packets may be obtained from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, SHSGA, Inc., 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA, 31601, (229)244-2678 ext208 or by clicking here.  SHSGA reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities and re-advertise. All contracts will be reviewed by Bright From the Start.

Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights  activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov; This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thanksgiving for Thousands

IMG_9811 (Medium)1 in 4 people in South Georgia struggle with hunger daily, and 1 in 3 area children may go to bed hungry tonight.  We are doing something about that, and you can help.

For $5, you can ensure that 1 family has food this Thanksgiving.  You have the opportunity not just feed bodies but to feed the hope that tomorrow will be better than today.  Each box contains 20 pounds of food and will, with very little supplementation feed a family of 4 for approximately a week.  Boxes will be distributed at Valdosta High School beginning at 8 am and continuing while supplies last.

These sponsorships can come from individuals, families, churches, or even businesses.  Sponsorships received before Tuesday, November 14, can include a message of your choice for the box recipient.  The messages (1 per box sponsored) can be “in memory of”,  “in honor of”, “compliments of”, etc.  Even simple messages of hope like “We hope this box brightens your Thanksgiving” may bless those who receive it.

Please help our neighbors in need by sponsoring a box today!

To sponsor a box, click here for instructions on how to complete your donation by mail or in person.

You may also complete your sponsorship online by clicking here. You’ll be redirected to our Donations page.  Simply click the DONATE button at the bottom and make sure you note TGBOX in the Comments field.

Volunteer opportunities for this event will be available.  Please contact volunteer@feedingsga.org or call (229) 244-2678 to inquire.

 

How a Simple Change Can Help Feed Kids: An Open Letter to USDA

Dear Secretary Perdue:

On behalf of rural Georgians, congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of Agriculture!  We know that you share our commitment to improving the lives of rural children.  To that end, I am writing in reference to your May 1 proclamation beginning the regulatory process to create greater flexibility in nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  We applaud the Administration’s initiative and are in full support of this effort to provide children with nutritious meals as economically and efficiently as possible.  However, we believe that the changes you announced in May are incomplete.    

School systems are not alone in their commitment to provide school-aged children with the nutrition they need.  Across the nation, organizations like mine work in partnership with USDA to feed children in need through the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Second Harvest of South Georgia feeds thousands of children across our region each day, and as local sponsors of these federal child nutrition programs, we face similar challenges related to these nutrition standards.

As such, we respectfully request that the regulatory changes announced be extended to include other federal child nutrition programs including CACFP and SFSP.  By including these two programs in the roll back of the milk, whole grain, and sodium standards, USDA has the opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the sponsor organizations like mine and the children these programs are intended to serve.  The flexibility restored by these regulatory adjustments will help sponsor organizations reduce food costs and encourage local vendors to participate in procurement.  

With lower operational costs, local sponsors can expand their work; this expansion is particularly important in Rural America.  For many reasons, existing programs are not meeting the needs of these children. In South Georgia, 1 in 3 children live in homes without a stable source of food, and though our program is the largest in the area, we are still only able to feed less than 1/10 of the kids who need our help.  Our program must continue to grow; we need your help to do that.  

We realize that you are faced with many requests for departmental changes and that many of those are difficult to enact and even more difficult to fund.  This is not one of those requests; this simple change should be revenue-neutral to the federal government.  This adjustment may seem small to some, but it can have a tremendous positive benefit to the ‘boots on the ground’ organizations working to feed children in need across this country.  

Thank you for your help and consideration in this matter.  I look forward to our continued partnership to provide for the families that need our help across Rural America.

Sincerely,

Franklin J. Richards, II

CEO

 

For more information on USDA’s efforts to provide greater flexibility to nutrition standards, click HERE.

 

Request for Bids: Food Procurement for Kids Café Program – CACFP

Second Harvest of South Georgia is accepting Sealed Bids from qualified food vendors for food procurement for our Kids Cafe Program.  Items to be big on are for milk items.  The contract period will begin on October 16, 2017 and end on September 30, 2018.  Sealed bids will be received no later than 10:00 am EST, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and delivered to Emily Broome-Garrison, Chief Financial Officer, SHSGA, 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud at 10:30 am EST.  Bids received after the above date and time or in any other location other than the Office of the Chief Financial Officer will not be considered. 

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:00 am EST at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601.  The pre-bid meeting is not required, but attendance is encouraged.

Our KCP is a participant of the CACFP program administered by Bright From the Start with the State of
Georgia. We provide meals to children in after-school programs for the provision of nutritious foods
that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children. We maintain four
kitchens, one in Valdosta, GA, one in Albany, GA, one in Douglas, GA and one in Thomasville, GA, where
meals are prepared and then delivered to children in these service areas and their surrounding
communities. We operate Monday through Friday of each week. Annually, we serve 450,000 meals and
snacks, which include supper and snacks throughout the school year and may include breakfast, AM
snacks, lunch, PM snacks and dinner on school breaks and holidays. All meals must follow the USDA
Required Child Meal Patterns.

Bid packets may be obtained from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, SHSGA, Inc., 1411 Harbin
Circle, Valdosta, GA, 31601, (229)244-2678 ext208 or from the link below. SHSGA reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities and re-advertise. All contracts will be reviewed by Bright From the Start.

Bid Packet: Food Procurement for Kids Cafe Program

Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees,
and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating
based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights
activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require
alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape,
American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for
benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made
available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to
USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the
complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S.
Department of Agriculture; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov; This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Hurricane Relief: Maria

Second Harvest of South Georgia is sending 1,200 boxes to families affected by Hurricane Maria.  For $20, you can sponsor a box that we will pack with shelf-stable foods and groceries and send hurricane devastated areas.  

Your support is invaluable in the aftermath of these storms.

You may give online HERE. You may also give by check by sending a check to 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601.  Gifts may also be made in person at any of our warehouses.  

PLEASE make sure that you designate that your gift be used for “HURRICANE RELIEF”.  If giving online, enter the designation in the area marked “Add message to seller”.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcements about the volunteer event to pack these boxes in the near future. 

Risk

(This story is part of an ongoing series by Second Harvest CEO Frank Richards.)

Years ago, I had the privilege of serving with a Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity work project. That week we worked what felt like 24 hours a day feeding thousands of people. It was exhausting, but as in lots of stressful life situations, something happened that would forever change my life.  
It was there I met Esther. Esther was 84, and she could run circles around us all. As we worked, she would regale me with stories about living through Word War II and how she met her husband. She enjoyed the time she spent volunteering and never seemed to tire.

One afternoon we were cleaning up after lunch, and Esther began to share with me some of the happy moments in her life. Her husband had passed away, and she was in that stage of life where most folks begin to remember all their wonderful life adventures.

After she finished a story, I asked her to tell me one piece of advice she would give a young person. She became quiet and still, carefully contemplating her answer. With a new spark in her eyes she replied, “Always be willing to take a risk on behalf of someone who can’t- in doing this you will learn to love, trust, and have faith.”

I thought about this statement for weeks. How could I apply this to my own life and career? The more I thought, the more I realized how her words would guide me in growing the services of the food bank.

That fall I began to write a new personal mission statement that included taking risks on behalf of those who can’t and today. We at Second Harvest now take risks, and we do it on behalf of those who can’t.

The new Thomasville Distribution Center is a perfect example. It will change Southwest Georgia in ways that we can only dream. Placing a huge food hub in an area of the state that is stricken with poverty and need will bring about a fundamental change in how we collect and distribute food and emergency supplies.

We had to take a real leap of faith – faith that our communities would stand behind us, faith that we can make the difference we think we can. It was and is scary. It adds stress to our environment, but taking on a failing food bank, opening a new branch, or building a multimillion dollar distribution center, is the right thing to do. As Esther told me all those years ago, helping those who don’t have any options themselves is how we grow our faith and extend that faith to those who need us. Faith is the action that shows someone cares and will risk everything in their power to make a difference.

Exciting TH Announcement!

We have GREAT news! Several months ago we posted information on Georgia Pacific’s Call to Canvas art contest. We appreciate those schools who participated.

We are thrilled to announce that two of our area schools won! Congratulations to Turner County Elementary and Ware County Middle School who will be receiving a GP prize pack later this month.  Teacher’s Harvest also won in the Kids in Need Foundation affiliate category! 

As a result, we will be hosting a special BONUS shopping day sponsored by Georgia Pacific on Thursday, August 10 from 3-6 pm. This shopping day will not count against your monthly allowed visits. Georgia Pacific is bringing raffles, giveaways, and copy paper for every teacher who visits that day, as well as yummy refreshments!  We have a LOT of new products in stock after our school supply drive at Wild Adventures – Crayola crayons, Crayola markers, notebooks, composition books, etc.   

Representatives from Georgia Pacific and the Kids in Need Foundation will be with us on August 10. It’s very important that we have a good turnout to show our gratitude for their support of our program. Come shop that day and help us thank them. Eligible teachers who attend also be getting FIRST crack at this great new inventory, as well as copy paper and snacks!  

Let us know if you’ll be attending by emailing hpeverill@feedingsga.org OR commenting on our Facebook post about the bonus shopping day.

As a reminder, Teacher’s Harvest is only open to public school teachers in our 30 county region.  Please review our eligibility guidelines prior to visiting us.

Teacher’s Harvest Kickoff Inventory & Reminders

Items available at Kickoff MAY include the following based on supply and space. As always at Teacher’s Harvest, our inventory is 100% donation based. Stock will vary throughout the week.

A few reminders for Kickoff:

• We will be very busy that week. Both staff and volunteers will be doing the best we can to make things move quickly. Your patience and good manners will be much appreciated.

• Keep in mind that during Kickoff we will not be able to respond to calls, Facebook posts/messages, or emails until the end of each day.

• You may shop ONE time during the week of Kickoff. You MUST bring a photo ID and proof of employment that states your position. Pay stubs will not be accepted.

• You may NOT leave children unsupervised in your vehicle or outside while you wait/shop. Older children do not count as supervision. Your children are welcome to accompany you while shopping. Additionally, no pets are allowed on the premises (including left in your vehicle).

After Kickoff:

• Teacher’s Harvest will reopen on Saturday, August 5 from 9:30 am – 12 pm.

• We will resume normal operating hours the following week: Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 pm.

• PLEASE note that our shopping visit policy has changed. Teachers may shop ONCE per calendar month. Participating in Kickoff will not count toward your allotted monthly shopping visits.