Thanksgiving for Thousands 2018

IMG_9811 (Medium)Nearly 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 Friday, November 16, 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.

 

Volunteers Needed!

Second Harvest needs your help! Our disaster relief efforts have had all almost our entire team busy for two weeks now. Helping our neighbors affected by Hurricane Michael has been our primary focus during that time. But hunger in South Georgia doesn’t take a break for Mother Nature. We need volunteers to pack food boxes in our Valdosta headquarters that we will then distribute for disaster relief, senior hunger, and Thanksgiving.

Click HERE to register.

Georgia Crafted Tees to Benefit SHSG Disaster Work

From Georgia Crafted:

Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc across much of Southwest Georgia, but folks from around the state have come together to help residents clean up and rebuild. Our “Georgia Strong” and “We are Georgia” t-shirts were designed with Southwest Georgia residents in mind. We must always remind ourselves that we are Georgia Strong, and we are stronger when we come together as a state to help our neighbors. Your #GeorgiaCrafted Peaches want to do EVERYTHING we can to help continued efforts to rebuild #SWGA and help farmers who have lost so much during this terrible storm. With that said, 50% of the proceeds from these t-shirts will be donated to Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc. for continued disaster relief efforts, and we are providing FREE SHIPPING on all preorders of these shirts. Let’s always remember that we are strong, we are ready to rebuild, and most importantly, we are #Georgia!

USE CODE HURRICANEMICHAEL AT CHECKOUT FOR FREE SHIPPING. SHIRTS WILL SHIP MID-NOVEMBER.

Preorder the “Georgia Strong” shirt here: https://georgiacrafted.com/collections/build-a-gift-box/products/georgia-strong-t-shirt

Preorder the “We Are Georgia” t-shirt here: https://georgiacrafted.com/collections/build-a-gift-box/products/we-are-georgia-t-shirt-fundraiser-for-hurricane-michael-relief

Upcoming Events – Fall 2018

We’ve got a busy fall planned at Second Harvest!  Click the links below for more information on each upcoming event at Second Harvest.

Make a Difference Day 2018 – Our largest volunteer event of the year will be held in Valdosta on October 27.  Click HERE to register!

Hands on Thomas County Day – We partner with HOTC for our fall volunteer event in Thomasville.  It will be October 20.  Click HERE for more information on that event.

Annual Agency Renewal Meetings – Our mandatory agency renewal meetings will be held in Thomasville (10/10 and 10/13) and Valdosta (10/17 and 10/20).  For more information, contact our Partner Services team at (229) 244-2678 x 206.

Thanksgiving for Thousands – Our single largest food distribution of the year will be held on November 20 in Valdosta.  Volunteer registration is accessible by clicking HERE. For those who will be seeking food assistance that day, we will be releasing details closer to the date of the event.

As always, please contact us directly if you have questions or need additional information.

TH Kickoff Info & Reminders

Hi everyone! Here are some details and reminders for Kickoff.  Please read this ENTIRE document carefully. 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, Hannah and Eliza will not be able to respond to calls, texts,  Facebook posts/messages, or emails until the end of each day.

• Teachers Harvest is located at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601.  The entrance is at the rear of the building.  Parking is located in the grass lots behind the building ONLY.   Do NOT park in any of the paved areas (street, cul de sac, loading dock, front parking lot).  Parking in the front of the building is reserved for Second Harvest staff and food bank partner agencies.  PLEASE consider carpooling as parking is limited.

• You must present credentials to participate.

        o If we have a 2018-19 staff roster for your school, you only need to bring your photo ID. We will be posting a list of which schools have sent in rosters in our TH Facebook group.

      o If we do NOT have a roster for your school, please bring proof of identity and employment. If your employee ID badge has a photograph AND your title, that will suffice. If not, bring a photo ID and documentation that indicates your title (e.g. Teacher) like a contract or a letter from your administrator.

    o Pay stubs will NOT be accepted as proof of employment.

• 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).

• You may bring a guest or helper to assist you with boxes.  We cannot guarantee that we will have adequate volunteers to assist everyone.

• Bring water, sunscreen, snacks, etc.  We are doing and will continue to do our best to minimize your wait, but some standing in line is unavoidable. 

• There are NO appointment times.  If you are on the confirmed Opening Day registration list, you may come any time during that day.  If you registered for one of the other days, you may may come any time during the remainder of Kickoff.  Eligible teachers may also come during the remainder of the week without registering online.

• Keep in mind that inventory will be the same all week.  You don’t have to be the first one in line to get good items.

• The last shopper each day will be taken 30 minutes prior to closing.  The line will be cut off at that point.

• You may shop ONE time during Kickoff. 

• Our building is a working warehouse.  We ask that you use good judgment with regards to safety.  There will be large trucks and heavy machinery at work within the building and on our campus at all times during the day.  Be aware of your surroundings.

 

Teacher’s Harvest Kickoff 2018 – FAQ

Answers to most questions about kickoff can be found here.  We are busy preparing for the event, and so we ask that read through these before emailing or calling for more information.

• When is Kickoff?

o July 25-27 and 30-31, 18 (specific times can be found HERE)

Who is eligible to participate?

o Full-time teachers, media specialists, and counselors employed by one of the PUBLIC schools in our 30 county service territory are eligible to participate.

o Still unsure? A quick way to find out if you’re eligible can be found HERE.

Who is NOT eligible to participate?

o Paraprofessionals, administrators, office staff, and other school employees are NOT eligible.

o Private schools, day care centers, homeschools, and HeadStart Center employees are NOT eligible to start.

How do I register for Kickoff?

o Registration is now CLOSED for Opening Day.  You may still register here for Thursday-Tuesday.  Eligible teachers may walk up Thursday – Tuesday during operating hours without registering online. Walkups are NOT allowed for Wednesday/Opening Day.

o It is not necessary to register more than once.

What documentation do I need to bring?

o If we have a 2018-19 staff roster for your school, you only need to bring your photo ID.  We will be posting a list of which schools have sent in rosters in our TH Facebook group.

o If we do NOT have a roster for your school, please bring proof of identity and employment. If your employee ID badge has a photograph AND your title, that will suffice. If not, bring a photo ID and documentation that indicates your title (e.g. Teacher) like a contract or a letter from your administrator.

o Pay stubs will NOT be accepted as proof of employment.

If I’ve shopped before, do I still have to bring ID?

o Yes, all shoppers must bring the required documentation.

I can’t be there for kickoff. Can my friend shop for me?

o No. We are unable to accommodate Buddy Boxes during Kickoff.

Are guests allowed to accompany me?

o You’re welcome to bring a guest with you. These guests are ONLY allowed to walk through with you.  They are not allowed to shop. However, if you are bringing children, you must supervise them at all times as this is a working warehouse with lots of activity and heavy machinery in operation.

o Children may NOT be left unattended in vehicles or outside during your visit. Older children (under the age of 16) may not act as supervision for younger kids.  Pets are not allowed on campus at all.

Does it matter which day I come to Kickoff? Will I miss out on stuff if I can’t come the first day?

o No, it doesn’t matter which day.  Inventory will be the same every day.

KC on the Go!

If you or someone you know needs help with summer meals, you can find the summer meals closest to you HERE. You can also text FOOD to 877-877.

School’s out, and before children are rejoicing in the carefree days of summer. But for 1 in 3 children here in South Georgia, summer is far from a carefree time. Instead of enjoying fun childhood activities like pool parties, summer camps, and family trips, nearly 51,000 kids in our community will go hungry. For these children, no school means no lunch.

South Georgia has some of the highest rates of poverty and food insecurity in the nation, which means that many children live in homes that don’t regularly have enough to eat. Because of this crisis, every school district in our area offers student school meals at completely no cost. Most students end up relying on these essential breakfast and lunchtime meals to provide them with the vital nutrition they need to learn and grow.

Now that the school year is coming to a close, these children will lose access to their most reliable source of food, facing higher risks of fatigue, detachment, and health problems. Kids can also fall behind in mental development when they don’t eat enough nutritious meals, and once the new school year begins, many will have forgotten much of what they already learned.

But that’s not all. For parents and caregivers who are struggling to make ends meet, the summer months can become an unbearable burden. Not only do these families have to secure and pay for childcare, they also have to find a way to replace the school meals their children receive during the rest of the year. In the summer, these kids and their families are at risk of going to bed every night with an empty stomach.

With schools closed, where can families turn for the help they need? Thankfully, Second Harvest of South Georgia has an answer. Through our Kids Café program, we work with community partners to provide children with nutritious food year-round, but especially during the summer months. We were able to serve over 700,000 meals and snacks to kids last year, and now we are growing our program by establishing ‘KC on the Go’, mobile feeding sites through our Kids Café program. Soon, we’ll have the ability to bring nutritious food directly to the children who need it most. But in order to grow Kids Café and feed more children this summer, we need your support.

You can help us end summer hunger before it begins. Please consider making a gift to Second Harvest of South Georgia today. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on children and families throughout our 30-county service area.  No child should spend the summer without enough to eat. Together, we can ensure that kids can enjoy the next few months like they should—playing outdoors, spending time with friends, and growing strong—instead of going hungry.