The Tree

There was a picture of an oak tree that hung in the small cabin I knew as home in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee. There wasn’t much else, and decorations like art were considered a luxury. But there it hung. It had always been there – at least as long as I could remember, so to Little Kid me that was the same thing.

As an undiagnosed dyslexic, everyone (including me) thought I was just plain dumb. Reading was my nightmare, and yet I could read the sentence on the picture. I often asked my grandfather what it meant. He’d laugh and say if kept my nose clean and my rear tired I’d understand one day. I just figured that meant he didn’t know either.

Growing up in that little corner of the world, I did learn about hard work. There was always something to be done on the farm. There were always sacrifices to be made. Money was tight, but family and community bonds were tighter. We got by. The rhythms of farm life imbedded in my soul. Planting, harvesting, canning, slaughtering, gathering each came with their respective season. Nobody had a lot, but we shared what we had.

Then my grandfather died at time when my teenage self needed him most. I thought how he had never explained what the picture hanging on the wall meant. Life went on. We moved to South Georgia. I missed him.

Not until my grownup self became the director of the food bank and had my own children did I remember the picture and the words. They came to me early one morning before anyone at my house was stirring. I’m pretty sure I said the words out loud. In an instant, all those memories came flooding back. It was at that moment I knew, I knew why Grandaddy couldn’t tell me. No one can tell you. Understanding comes from living – living the words, not just reading them. I had found my North Star and, at that moment, when I said the words, I heard my grandfather’s voice repeating them with me:

“A society grows great when it plants trees under whose shade it will never set.”

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With gratitude for your support, 

Frank Richards, CEO 

Putting a face on hunger

Decisions made in Washington and Atlanta have a direct impact on the lives of our neighbors in need. Discussions of legislation often take place ‘in a vacuum’ so to speak. They are data-driven – and with good reason. We want all programs to be based on proven data and experience.

However, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the facts and figures and to lose sight of those who are affected by federal programs. Most lawmakers don’t get the opportunity to see firsthand the seniors, children, and veterans who are fed through the programs we operate in partnership with USDA. That’s where it’s up to all of us to make sure our elected officials see faces and not just figures.

Second Harvest of South Georgia takes an active role in advocacy work. We meet regularly with our state and federal delegations to relay our experiences in the field and express our opinions on legislation that affects hunger relief efforts. We also have them visit us at our food bank, on manna drops, and at our Kids Cafe sites to see how things work on the front lines. We help them put a face with the facts – to identify personally with these seemingly abstract numbers.

Advocacy isn’t lobbying. It’s educating anyone and everyone who will listen on the issue of hunger in South Georgia and in the US. It’s delineating truth from fiction on hunger relief work. There are varying levels of involvement in advocacy. It’s can be as easy as using your social media platforms to share information and awareness, but it can also be as our meetings in DC. We will be sending our advocacy updates on our Facebook page and via email. If you’d like to to be kept up to date on our advocacy work or help us speak up for our neighbors in need, sign up for our new Advocacy Update email here!

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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

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.

Make a Difference Day 2016

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Join us for Make A Difference Day 2016, our largest event of the year. Roll up your sleeves to help end the fight against hunger.

October 22 from 8 am to 12 pm in Valdosta, Thomasville and Albany

Pre-register by 10/13/2016 to guarantee your event t-shirt.  T-shirts are available on site the day of the event while supplies last for those who register after 10/13/2016.

Click HERE to register!

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

September is Hunger Action Month!

It’s Hunger Action Month!  We have events going on all month long to help raise awareness, food and funds to alleviate hunger in South Georgia.

Due to weather, we are delaying our official kickoff, but here’s a quick look at what we’ve got going on during the month of September.

Fill-A-Truck for Hunger sponsored by Southeastern Credit Union is a month-long food and fund drive to benefit our food bank. If our community can raise enough food (or monetary donations) to fill a truck, SCU will match that! Find out more here.

  • September 3-5: Wild Adventures BOGO Admission Days (with canned food donation to benefit SHSG)
  • September 8:  Fill-a-Truck Kickoff/Hunger Action Day at Southeastern Credit Union Headquarters
  • September 10:  Open Pottery Workshops for Empty Bowls at Turner Center for the Arts
  • September 12:  Spirit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings to Benefit Second Harvest
  • September 19:  Hunger in America Photography Exhibit/Empty Bowls Opening at Turner Center for the Arts
  • September 28:  CAN-tasia Canned Food Drive/Sculpture Event at VSU sponsored by PRSSA

Look for further details next week!  For more information email us at info@FeedingSGA.org or call 229-244-2678.