Second Harvest of South Georgia, the leading hunger-relief organization in the region, announces the kickoff of the Hungry Heroes program in partnership with Southeastern Credit Union, and made possible by a matching grant from the Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN). This program is designed to alleviate hunger in active duty military/reserve and veteran families.
1 in 5 of America’s active duty and reserve families are seeking food assistance from Feeding America food banks like Second Harvest of South Georgia. 2.37 million veterans nationwide have had to turn to food banks for help. South Georgia’s veterans and military families are no different. The Hungry Heroes mobile food pantry program will offer biweekly food assistance during June and July. Over the course of the summer, the program will distribute nearly 500 food boxes. Remaining distributions will be held on Wednesdays June 29, July 13, and July 27 at 3 pm at the American Legion on Williams Street in Valdosta. Military families and veterans are eligible to come to the events to receive a pantry box filled with non-perishable food items. Supply is limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, I am incredibly proud of the collaboration by Second Harvest of South Georgia and Southeastern Credit Union to help support our service members, veterans and their families in south Georgia. The Hungry Heroes program offers a helping hand to those who need it most, and I thank all who have given their time, energy or donations in support of such a great cause. Our service members and their families have given their all in defense of this nation, and we should always do everything we can to give back.” – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
“Southeastern is honored to partner with Second Harvest of South Georgia to provide food assistance to local veterans and military families in need. Thanks to a grant from the Armed Forces Financial Network and matching funds from the Credit Union, we’ll be able to distribute 480 food boxes this summer.” – Southeastern Credit Union President/CEO E. Michael Gudely
“Second Harvest is blessed to be able to help provide for those who sacrifice to protect us. It’s the least we can do when they’ve given so much for us! We are extremely grateful for the support of Southeastern, AFFN, and the VA in helping us start this important program. “ – Second Harvest of South Georgia Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall