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.
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 [email protected], 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.