SUMMER FEEDING SITES

Second Harvest of South Georgia’s Kids Cafe offers free summer meals to children under the age of 18. This program operates in partnership with USDA and Bright from the Start/DECAL.

BAINBRIDGE
Friendship House: 220 North Russ St. 
July 1- 29, 2021 
M – Th 12:30 – 1:30 pm
BLAKELY
Helping Hands of Early County: 86 North Main St.
M-F  – Breakfast at 8 am, Lunch 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
CORDELE
All Safe Driving: 101 E 13th Ave. 
Tuesdays 11 am – 1 pm 
QUITMAN
Southridge: 508 W. Battle St.
M – F / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
PELHAM
Pelham High School: 720 Barrow Ave. 
M – F / Breakfast 7:30 – 8 am, Lunch 12 – 1:15 pm
VALDOSTA
The Gables: 1415 N. St Augustine Rd. 
M – F / 11-11:30 am 
Clyattville Mobile Home Park: 3834 Madison Hwy
M -F / 12:30 – 1 pm 
Magnolia Square: 1707 N. Ashley St. 
M – F / 12-12:30 pm 
Delightful Kids Learning Center: 720 Brookwood Pl. 
M-F / 11 am – 2 pm 
LAMP: 714 Charlton St. 
M – F / Breakfast at 6 am, Lunch 12–1 pm
Hudson Dockett: 807 South Fry Street 
M – F / Snack 7:30–8 am, Lunch 11:30 am – 12 pm
Southside Recreation Center: 604 South Oak St. 
M – F / Breakfast 8-9 am, Lunch 12-1 pm
Ora Lee West: 610 E. Ann St.
M – F / Snack 7:30-8 am, Lunch 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

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: How to File a Complaint, 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: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

PUBLIX AWARDS SHSG GRANT!

Second Harvest of South Georgia was honored to have been 1 of 32 Feeding America food banks in the Southeast selected to receive a generous grant from our friends at Publix Charities. With this grant, we were able to purchase equipment like pallet wrap machines and conveyer belts to help us pack disaster pantry boxes more quickly and easily. These pantry boxes have been the backbone of our COVID-relief efforts. Because we were able to speed up the production process, we are considering adding child-specific boxes to the mix! We are exceptionally grateful for the continued support of the Publix team.

Read more about Publix Charities’ 2020 giving here!

It’s time to call us what we are…

A Note from our CEO Frank Richards

It’s time we stop calling food banks charities. Let’s start calling them what they really are: critical infrastructure. We are in the planning stages of a major project for the food bank. A few weeks ago I was in a meeting about this proposed project, and someone asked why public tax dollars should be given to a non-profit.

This comment was made by a prominent leader in our community, and it really sat wrong with me for two main reasons. First, the average person doesn’t really understand all the roles food banks play in a community. Second, if food banks cease to exist in a community, the majority of the social service infrastructure in that area fails or suffers. We do a good job telling our story, but the community leader’s comment brings up a good point. We have not done a good job of explaining our role as critical infrastructure.

When people hear “food bank”, they normally think I hand out bags of groceries from a closet in the corner of a church. (For the record, that’s a food PANTRY.)The average community member doesn’t know that we are a $35 million corporation, that we are one of the larger logistics operations in the area, and that we have one of the biggest cooler/freezer in South Georgia. They do not understand that hundreds of non-profit and churches in South Georgia rely on us for food and supplies for their program. They do not understand that thousands of South Georgia kids count on us for their evening meal. They don’t know that teachers come to us to equip their classrooms. They don’t realize that rural communities can’t survive without us.

We execute our day-to-day programs with amazing efficiency, and we still step in to provide disaster relief for communities both small and large. We step in when water systems go down for municipalities and healthcare systems. We are the key service provider after hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. We are the go-to agency for just about any issue a community faces where food, water, and supplies are needed.

The reality is that if the infrastructure doesn’t exist in a community to provide a food safety net, unrest can happen quickly in an emergency situation. Just look at how people freaked out during the early days of COVID – about toilet paper of all things! Everyone knows when a disaster or crisis is threatened or happens that you can’t find bread, milk, or water on any store shelf.

The pandemic created a crisis of supply and demand. People had a hard time finding anything for a few weeks, and we are still seeing high prices due to market conditions. COVID showed that feeding kids who can’t get the school meals they so desperately need and distributing mass quantities of food commodities keeps our community moving and functioning. It lowers the stress for folks wondering and worrying how they’ll feed their families.

Food banks are not just non-profits. We are critical infrastructure in the community. We are first responders and essential front-line workers. We make sure that families are fed when schools are closed and store shelves are bare. Our leaders need to be reminded that funding our work helps maintain stability in our community – in times of crisis and on a daily basis.

Teachers Harvest Reopens!

We are excited to announce that Teachers’ Harvest will reopen on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3 pm. We will be open Tuesdays only for now. We will have specific rules in place due to COVID-19. Eligibility rules and shopping rules remain the same.

Teachers, guidance counselors or media specialists working in a public school in our service region are eligible to shop with us.   Your eligibility is based on your position and on the location of the school in which you work NOT where you reside.  Click HERE to see a map of our service area.

Please note that paraprofessionals, administrators and other staff are not eligible. Private schools, day care centers, preschools,  Headstart programs and homeschooling groups are also ineligible to participate.

For those who’ve never been before, you must bring proof of employment for the current school year; it must show your position at the school. Acceptable forms of proof include school ID (with title) or driver’s license with a letter from your administrator, faculty roster, contract (if it shows your position), etc. Pay stubs or contracts that only show certification level will not be accepted. For returning teachers, you can just sign-in when you get there. If you have changes to your registration, email Noel at [email protected]

Shopping begins at 3 pm. We will allow 10 people in at a time. All shoppers will be required to provide their own mask and wear it while they are in line or inside. Social distancing is required. You will have 15 minutes to shop and then our staff will take 5 minutes to disinfect and reset.

Entry times will be every 20 minutes from 3-6 pm. The final shoppers will enter at 5:40. You may shop once per month.

NO Buddy Box shopping is allowed for the foreseeable future.

There will be product available inside and outside the store. For more information on that, check out our Facebook group.