Storm Relief: #SouthGAStrong

During the month of January, South Georgia has been afflicted by a series of storms -first on January 2 and then again this past weekend.  Second Harvest of South Georgia is working diligently to help to provide for those affected by the storms. 

For updates on our work, visit our Facebook page HERE.

You can help us care for our neighbors in need by making a monetary donation HERE or by check (mailed to 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, Ga 31601.)

Thank you for helping us keep #SouthGAStrong.

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.

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.

 

Pledge Form

Call for Volunteers: Thanksgiving for Thousands

Our Valdosta branch is in need of volunteers to help distribute food to those in need at our Thanksgiving for Thousands event next Tuesday, November 24.

Volunteers are needed between 7:30-11 am at Valdosta High School.  The work will involve standing for several hours at a time and moderate lifting.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact us at volunteer@feedingsga.org or (229) 244-2678 to register to participate.

Come help us share Thanksgiving blessings with families in need. You’ll be #thankful that you did!

#Spoontember is Hunger Action Month!

This September, Second Harvest and the rest of the Feeding America network are making the spoon the central icon for Hunger Action MonthTM.

We have launched SpoontemberTM, a social media activation to engage the public and help raise awareness of the 1 in 4 South Georgians (and  1 in 6 Americans) struggling with hunger. Spoontember supporters can share a ‘spoon selfie’ – an image of themselves balancing a spoon on their nose – along with hunger-related statistics and challenge a friend to do the same.

It’s easy to share a ‘spoon selfie’ and support Hunger Action Month:

  • Grab a spoon
  • Do your best to balance it on your nose
  • Take a picture of your ‘spoon selfie’
  • Post the image to your social media accounts to raise awareness and tag a friend to do the same. Here is some sample copy to get your started:
    • I’m taking a spoon selfie to raise awareness for the 1 in 4 in South Georgia struggling with hunger. I challenge (name) to join me! #Spoontember #HungerActionMonth @SecondHarvestSGA @FeedingAmerica
    • Join me and take a #Spoontember selfie to raise awareness for the 1 in 4 in our community facing hunger! #HungerActionMonth @FeedingAmerica @SecondHarvest
  • Use #Spoontember and #HungerActionMonth to help fuel the movement and don’t forget to tag Second Harvest and Feeding America.

Hunger Free Summer for Kids

Back-to-school is always an exciting time for kids, parents, and teachers alike.  In South Georgia many kids feel relief instead of excitement; they are relieved to know they’ll be getting their next meal.  It happens far too often across our community – children go hungry during the summer without the stability of school lunch and breakfast programs.  With 1 in 3 children in our area struggling with food insecurity, summer isn’t a holiday for lots of families.

Second Harvest of South Georgia and Feeding America are working with our members of Congress to affect some much-needed change in the way the federal government helps fund child feeding programs.  There are no one size fits all solutions; organizations need the ability to tailor programs to meet the particular challenges of their specific area.  Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a bipartisan group of colleagues introduced the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act which would allow some of that flexibility.

You can help us bring about the policy change that we need to make sure children in our community are fed.  Contact Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and let them know that South Georgia’s children deserve programs which are designed to meet their needs.  Ask them to support the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act!

Contact them today!

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

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

 

For more information on the bill, click here.

 

 

Our Elected Officials

Senate:

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

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

 

House of Representatives:

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

Help Fight Hunger in South Georgia at Turner’s

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Turner’s 100th Anniversary $100,000 Charitable Donation has just begun! Here’s what you need to do to take part and help fight hunger in South Georgia:

Customers register in store March 2015 – December 2015 for a chance to win a share of $100,000 in free furniture. Drawings held monthly with 28 winners per month. There will be winners from all 10 Turner’s locations. The winning individuals then choose a qualified charity to receive a matching cash donation from Turner’s. You can help by choosing Second Harvest of South Georgia as your charity!

Monthly winning breakdown:
-One $5,000 winner…$5,000 donation to individual’s charity of choice
-One $1,000 winner…$1,000 donation to individual’s charity of choice
-Two $500 winners…$500 donation to individuals’ charity of choice ($500 to each charity)
-Four $250 winners…$250 donation to individuals’ charity of choice ($250 to each charity)
-Twenty $100 winners…$100 donation to individuals’ charity of choice ($100 to each charity)

Each month, a total of $10,000 in FREE furniture will go to individuals and a total of $10,000 in cash to charities. By the end of the year, a total of $100,000 in FREE furniture will be given to individuals and $100,000 in cash will be donated to charities. Individuals can win one time throughout the duration of contest. There is no limit on how many times a charity can receive the matching donation.

Perdue Farms Donates Over 28,000 Pounds of Chicken to Second Harvest

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Perdue Farms, a corporation based out of Salisbury, Maryland, donated over 28,000 pounds of chicken to Second Harvest of South Georgia last month. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America food banks like Second Harvest.  This generous donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of partner agencies including soup kitchens, shelters, and after school feeding programs.  Over the past 15 years, Perdue Farms has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide through Feeding America.

Hunger is a pervasive problem in South Georgia.  1 in 4 people, including 1 in 3 children, in our area do not have access to a stable source of food.  Georgia ranks 4th in childhood hunger in the United States, and Second Harvest’s 30 county service area has the highest rates of any region in the state.  Complicating the issue is the fact that generally at-risk individuals and family can afford food that is of little nutritional value.

“All of us at Perdue are proud to stand in partnership in the fight against hunger with Feeding America and its nationwide partner network of which Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia is a valued member,” said Tommy Waters, director of Perdue operations in Gainesville, Ga., from where the protein was sourced. “At Perdue, we believe that in a nation as rich as our, no one should have to go hungry. It’s through donations like this that enable us to help our partners feed those in need.”

“This donation is particularly beneficial to us because it is a healthy source of protein that we can distribute to those in need,” said Frank Richards, CEO of Second Harvest of South Georgia. “Fighting hunger in our area is not something Second Harvest can do alone.  It takes a cooperative effort to make a difference.  Perdue Farms has been a valuable partner in that work for a many years, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL®, and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products.