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.

South Georgia Firm Wins Legal Food Frenzy

Attorney General Chris Carr announced yesterday that the state’s legal community raised a record breaking $400,325 and 18,809 pounds of food during the 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, an annual competition sponsored by the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Young Lawyers Division, and the Attorney General’s office. The two-week event raised the equivalent of 1.61 million meals for Georgia’s food banks.  A total of 235 law firms and legal organizations, representing more than 17,000 members of the legal community, competed for the two grand prizes: the Attorney General’s Cup awarded to the team with the most points per person and the Bar President’s Award given to the team with the most overall points.

Valdosta-based law firm Coleman Talley LLP received the Bar President’s Award for the second year in a row, having raised $31,986, the equivalent of 160,305 pounds of food, for Second Harvest of South Georgia.  The firm has been recognized as a winner each year since the competition began in 2012.  “When the Georgia Attorney General announced several years ago that he was beginning the Legal Food Frenzy, it was the perfect opportunity for the firm to marry its legal passions with its charitable ones,” said Partner Bill Holland, who has been a Second Harvest of South Georgia Board Member for over 20 years.  “The partners and employees of Coleman Talley have all personally contributed to the Food Frenzy each year,” he said. “In addition, we call upon our friends, clients, and business associates to participate. We have never been disappointed with the level of encouragement from all involved in support of our efforts to assist the valiant work of the food banks throughout Georgia.”

“We are so proud of our friends at Coleman Talley and glad to see their commitment to our community recognized. We are grateful for their partnership in the fight against child hunger in South Georgia,” said Eliza McCall, Chief Marketing Officer at Second Harvest of South Georgia.

For more information on our friends at Coleman Talley, visit ColemanTalley.com.


March is National Nutrition Month

At one time or another, most of us have thought about eating better, increasing our exercise, or generally being healthier.  National Nutrition Month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Nutritionists and medical professionals agree that it’s important incorporate a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups into your diet on a regular basis.  But what about those around us who are already struggling to make ends meet.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, on average, healthy eating patterns costs about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy ones.  Over the course of a year, that would increase food costs by $2,200 for a family of 4.  We know that the long-term costs of diet-related chronic illnesses would well outstrip the expense of healthy eating today. But the real burden the added expense would create today makes this a lose-lose situation for struggling families. 

USDA offers nutrition assistance programs for some eligible families, but that’s often not enough.  Second Harvest of South Georgia and our network of partner agencies provide food assistance to food insecure families, children, and senior citizens in our area.  Through our programs, we are able to help our neighbors in need by increasing stable, affordable access to healthy foods like fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Food insecurity doesn’t just affect those in need. It affects our entire community. But you can help by donating time, funds, or food.  

For more information on our programs or how you can get involved, contact us at (229) 244-2678.

Make your voice heard in DC!

Contact your elected officials in Washington and tell them that rural hunger is important to you!

To find out who your congressman is, click HERE.


Georgia Senators:

Senator Johnny Isakson: (202) 224-3643  EMAIL   Facebook   Twitter

Senator David Perdue: (202) 224-3521    EMAIL  Facebook  Twitter


House of Representatives: South Georgia

Representative Rick Allen: (202) 225-2823    EMAIL   Facebook   Twitter
Representative Sanford Bishop: (202) 225-3631   EMAIL   Facebook   Twitter
Representative Buddy Carter: (202) 834-0386    EMAIL   Facebook   Twitter
Representative Austin Scott: (202) 225-6531   EMAIL   Facebook   Twitter

Rural Hunger Study

Second Harvest of South Georgia, the largest rural food bank in Georgia and a member of the Feeding America network, commissioned a study and report on rural hunger in the area made possible by generous funding from the Georgia General Assembly.  This study is the first of its kind  – providing data on rural hunger at both a high level and in-depth county by county basis.

The purpose of the study is to assess the current state of food insecurity in the Food Bank’s service area and to suggest systematic and practical steps to quantifiably reduce hunger in the 30 counties it serves in South Georgia.

To read the full report, click here: Rural Hunger Study

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).