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Ikea donation helps Second Harvest

By Tim Guidera - bio | email 

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – There's never too many chef's in this kitchen. And now one of Savannah's newest company's has entered, too, Ikea donating $25,000 to help improve the America's Second Harvest Community Kitchen program that improves lives in the Coastal Empire.

"Our little small part,'' said Ikea Savannah General Manager William Jackson, "we believe will take the students forward.''

The Ikea Classroom is the latest addition to the food bank program that helps at-risk adults in Savannah gain job training, GEDs and, ultimately, fulltime jobs.

"The classroom is a place for you to begin to build your confidence,'' said Second Harvest Chef Floyd Jackson. "I can take anything from anyone, but once you have knowledge of certain things, that can't be taken away from you.''

The Second Harvest culinary arts program has given opportunities to dozens of people in Savannah, graduating 95 students last year alone.

"The program to help at risk adults break that cycle of poverty is what we're all about,'' said Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of America's Second Harvest. "It gives them the tools so that, long term, they're able to help their families and help themselves be able to be part of the community. We're raising the bar. Not only are we providing food to the community, over eight million pounds last year, but we are now bringing people in and giving them the tools to be able to support themselves and help their families.''

It's work now being made by one of Second Harvest's newest corporate neighbors.

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