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.

Teacher’s Harvest Kickoff 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 24-27, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm.

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 Take our short Eligibility Quiz at Facebook.  Click HERE to take the quiz.

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 Online registration is now CLOSED. You may register in person the day of the event.

o It is not necessary to register more than once.

What documentation do I need to bring?

o 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.

What if I’ve shopped already this summer? Can I shop during Kickoff?

o Yes! You may shop for Kickoff. This starts a new school year and doesn’t count against your monthly shopping visits.

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 15) may not act as supervision for younger kids.  Pets are not allowed on campus at all.

What can I expect to find at Kickoff?

o Sample inventory is posted on our website.  This inventory WILL vary during Kickoff.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mission Change

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This week’s Volunteer Spotlight falls on Mission Change from Albany.  This grassroots, volunteer-driven organization is dedicated to creating awareness and taking action to issues that speak to the core of humanity.  They serve all those in need, from the homeless and food insecure to underserved inner-city youth and those battling with substance abuse.  Mission Change has been making a huge impact on our community since 2009

Through the Monthly Missions program volunteers are given an opportunity to work directly with those in need in our community, frequently pairing them with Second Harvest of South Georgia.

Mission Change also uses the Kids Café program through Second Harvest to serve the children in their after-school program called The Village After-School Experience. Through this partnership, the youth of Albany’s McIntosh Housing project are served a healthy snack and meal every evening after school. We can’t overstate the importance of these kids getting proper nutrition every day so they can do their best in school and become productive, successful adults.

Mission Change is determined to help all of those in need. They accept people from all walks-of-life and it is this core value that drives them to make our community a better place. Second Harvest of South Georgia is a proud partner of Mission Change, and we thank them for their service. Together we can #EndHunger in South Georgia.

LaDonna Urick, the organization’s CEO and Co-Founder, leaves us with these words, “Anyone can serve. Any age, any race, any economic status can reach out to anyone in need and make a difference in the life of one person who is suffering from any need that is not being met. I truly believe that serving your community is one of the most rewarding things that you can do in your life, especially starting at a young age. Not only being rewarding, but watching your community change because you cared enough to step out of your comfort zone and into the lives of someone in need… it’s an incredible feeling to be part of something positive. We call that ‘changing the world from your backyard!’

To learn more about Mission Change visit www.missionchange.com.  To volunteer with Second Harvest, contact us at volunteer@feedingsga.org.

Feeding Our Community

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The Deputy Secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture, Krysta Harden, paid us a visit on Saturday, August 9 to see first hand what a manna drop was like. She went to an old dirt road in Valdosta, rolled up her sleeves and distributed food to those in need. She talked to people that came to pick up food to get their back story. She even talked to a few employees that work with Second Harvest to see what inspired them to work at the food bank. Everyone has their own unique story from an experience at a manna drop.

Manna drops provide those in need with both non-perishable items such as canned food and perishable items such as produce, dairy, and bread. We utilize our specialty truck (purchased through a Kraft vehicle grant several years ago) to set up a mobile food pantry in areas of greatest need where residents may not have transportation to visit the traditional food pantry. This program is particularly effective in migrant camp areas where residents, due to the transitory nature of the population, are not knowledgeable of the services available in the area.

Manna drops are a way for us to go out to the community and help people that might not have a way of transportation to get to the store or food pantry. This brings people together and forms a community. We do manna drops in different locations in our 30 counties. No matter where they take place you can rely on the people to be patient and grateful.

 

Derby Duck Race Winners

Thank you to those who adopted a duck for our 2014 Derby Duck Race! We’d also like to thank our gracious host, Wild Adventures, for helping make the event a success.

2014 Prize Winners 

$5,000 Cash from First State Bank – John Walker

$2,500 Shopping Spree from Steel’s Jewelry – Natalie Noles

Golf Cart from B&B Custom Carts – Jordan Gren

Sunset Farm Foods for a Year – Kenneth Burnett

Quail Hunt for 2 at Lenox River Ranch – Kim Craft

2 Season Passes to Wild Adventures – David Carter

Chick-fil-A for a Year – Richard Bean

Bruster’s Ice Cream for a Year – Rick Williams

Staycation Weekend Package from Courtyard by Marriott – Ferlisha Rountree

Portrait & Framing Package from Wes Sewell & Classic Art & Frame – Tyler Aron

Pepsi Tailgate Package – John Patten

CrossFit WinnersvilleAdult and Youth Membership for a Month – Christy Sermons