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).

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.