Senior Citizen Food Boxes Available

Second Harvest of South Georgia is now accepting applications for free food assistance boxes for qualified senior citizens at its Valdosta warehouse located at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Recipients must be at least 60 years of age and meet the income eligibility requirements below:

 

 

 

 

 

Those interested must apply in person at our Valdosta location between 8 am and 4 pm.  Bring a copy of your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID, proof of residency (e.g. lease, utility bill, etc.), and proof of income (SS award letter, check stubs for 30 days, etc.).  Boxes are available to qualifying seniors while supplies last.

For more information, call (229) 469-6930 for more information.

 

Call to Canvas Art Contest!

Georgia Pacific, in partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation, is holding an art contest for schools served by KINF Resource Center affiliates like Teachers’ Harvest.  Participating teachers will in a Thirty-One Bag prize from Teachers’ Harvest (while supplies last) and will be entered to win the Grand Prize of GP copy paper for their school!

Entries are due to Hannah at TH by May 5!  Click HERE for full details.

Corks and Forks – a Benefit for Second Harvest

corksandforksLearn about the historic Windsor hotel, established in 1982, at their website. (Click HERE to be taken directly to it.)

Complete your registration below.  You will receive an email within 24 hours with confirmation of your reservation as well as payment instructions.

 

Request for Bids: Food Procurement for Kids Café Program

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 milk items. The
contract period will begin on November 10, 2016 and end on September 30, 2017. Sealed bids will be
received no later than 10:00 am EST, Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 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 10:15 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 Monday, October 31, 2016, at 2:00 pm 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.

Kids Cafe Procurement Rebid Package – FY2017

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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
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complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S.
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SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov; This
Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Request for Bids: Food Procurement for Kids Café Program

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 milk items. The contract period will begin on October 15, 2016 and end on September 30, 2017. Sealed bids will be received no later than 10:00 am EST, Thursday, October 13, 2016, 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 10:15 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 Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 2:00 pm EST at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601. 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 ext 208 or by clicking the link below.

Kids Cafe Procurement Bid Package – FY2017

Project Hungry Heroes Kicks Off

Second Harvest of South Georgia, the leading hunger-relief organization in the region, announces the kickoff of the Hungry Heroes program in partnership with Southeastern Credit Union, and made possible by a matching grant from the Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN). This program is designed to alleviate hunger in active duty military/reserve and veteran families.

1 in 5 of America’s active duty and reserve families are seeking food assistance from Feeding America food banks like Second Harvest of South Georgia. 2.37 million veterans nationwide have had to turn to food banks for help.  South Georgia’s veterans and military families are no different.   The Hungry Heroes mobile food pantry program will offer biweekly food assistance during June and July.  Over the course of the summer, the program will distribute nearly 500 food boxes.  Remaining distributions will be held on Wednesdays June 29, July 13, and July 27 at 3 pm at the American Legion on Williams Street in Valdosta.  Military families and veterans are eligible to come to the events to receive a pantry box filled with non-perishable food items. Supply is limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, I am incredibly proud of the collaboration by Second Harvest of South Georgia and Southeastern Credit Union to help support our service members, veterans and their families in south Georgia. The Hungry Heroes program offers a helping hand to those who need it most, and I thank all who have given their time, energy or donations in support of such a great cause. Our service members and their families have given their all in defense of this nation, and we should always do everything we can to give back.” – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

“Southeastern is honored to partner with Second Harvest of South Georgia to provide food assistance to local veterans and military families in need.  Thanks to a grant from the Armed Forces Financial Network and matching funds from the Credit Union, we’ll be able to distribute 480 food boxes this summer.” – Southeastern Credit Union President/CEO E. Michael Gudely

“Second Harvest is blessed to be able to help provide for those who sacrifice to protect us.  It’s the least we can do when they’ve given so much for us!  We are extremely grateful for the support of Southeastern, AFFN, and the VA in helping us start this important program. “ – Second Harvest of South Georgia Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall

Help Us Meet Our Goal & Double Your Impact!

Hunger is a tremendous problem in South Georgia. 1 in 4 people struggle with hunger on a daily basis.   The situation is worse for our area children; 1 in 3 children don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. Our area has the highest rates of food insecurity in the state and is among the highest in the nation.Handprints

Hunger is a health problem, an educational problem, and an economic problem. While most of us will not feel the physical effects of hunger each day, it is suffering for which we all pay. The effects of hunger and lack of adequate nutrition are both immediate and long-lasting, plaguing the body, childhood development, and our regional economy. Estimates place the cost of childhood hunger at $542 per person annually. That means that hunger in just our children costs the people of South Georgia more than $400 million per year.

Second Harvest of South Georgia is already much more than just a food bank; we are a community leader and innovator having grown from a borrowed basement space in Valdosta to four distribution centers (Thomasville, Albany, and Douglas) covering nearly 13,000 square miles and 30 counties. We work with more than 400 partner charities across the area including domestic abuse shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens.  Our mission is feeding those in need, and our vision is a South Georgia without hunger.

Second Harvest is taking the steps necessary in order to bring about the lasting change in our area which will make our vision a reality.   We are leading the charge to combat hunger in our area, but we need your help.

The Williams Family Foundation has given us a very generous challenge grant. If we raise $500,000 in gifts and pledges toward the cost of our recently completed Thomasville facility in the 8 counties served by this new branch by December 31, 2016, they will donate an additional $500,000. This is an opportunity which we cannot miss – the chance to double the investments of our donors.  We can do this with your support.

You can help us capitalize on this tremendous opportunity!

We’re asking you to make a 5X5 commitment$500 a year over the next 5 years.  Or make a one-time gift!

Click HERE to make your pledge today!

Email us at info@feedingsga.org, call (229) 469-6925, or by mail at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601.

Make a one-time online donation here.

 

Thank you for your continued support! We are making strides in the fight against hunger but we couldn’t do it without your help.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Candelarios and Allbrittons

This week’s Volunteer Spotlight falls on two families dedicated to making a difference. The two homeschooling families, the Candelarios and the Allbrittons, have been teaming up for the past 6 years to build a better community.

Once a week the Candelarios and Allbrittons spend time volunteering and giving back, frequently using Second Harvest as their job site. “Being homeschooled our families have a more flexible schedule that allows us to work together to volunteer,” said Beth Candelario. “As a mother I think it is crucial to teach our children the value of volunteering and to give them the opportunity to do something positive.”

These amazing families not only put forth the effort but they also truly enjoy their time spent volunteering. “Anything can be fun if you do it the right way,” said Lois Allbritton, “Working at Second Harvest is so fun because you can tell the people there care about their work and helping others.”

The Candelarios and Allbrittons are major contributors to our volunteer efforts.  They come to Second Harvest nearly 3 times a month to sort products, clean up the warehouse, and pack boxes for food distribution. They especially enjoy helping with the Teachers Harvest program.

“Second Harvest is a wonderful place to volunteer, it’s a central place for the people of this community to receive help,” said Beth.

Thank you Candelario and Allbritton family for setting a positive example and making an effort to help our community be a better place. Together we can #EndHunger in South Georgia.