Second Harvest kicks off Summer Feeding Program

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is once again making sure students have food to eat while school is out for the summer.

Just because school is out doesn't mean the lunch bell doesn't ring. Seven-thousand meals are being served for kids in nine counties in the Coastal Empire.

"We want to be there to help, so Summer Feeding is a great way for those parents who work all year long in the summer. They don't have that extra funding to be able to provide that food for their children because they didn't have to during the school year, because they got the meals from school," said Mary Jane Crouch, Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank.

With over 20 sites, parents can text FOOD G-A to 877-877. It'll ask for your zip code and then immediately show you the three closet sites to your location as well as serving times. One of those sites is the nonprofit Performance Initiatives.

"It's huge. Where people might not think, my half an hour once a week doesn't make a difference, it makes a huge impact," said Kerri Goodrich, Owner, Performance Initiatives. "It's a ripple effect where you don't see the difference, but it goes on and on."

The program provides two meals a day to students aged four to 18. You can help out by volunteering or donating to Second Harvest Coastal Georgia.

There's also a sweet promotion for National Donut Day.

"I think around 60 percent of kids here depend on those school lunches throughout the day. When they don't have that, they might not eat from sun up to sun down," said Shane Johnson, Owner, Rise Donuts. "They are trying to help supplement that throughout the summer and that just makes this cause mean more to us."

All sales from chocolate icing donats at Rise will go to Second Harvest on June 1. They say buying one donut will feed four kids for the Summer Feeding Program.

Rise made about 300 chocolate icing donuts before opening and was swiped out by 9 a.m. and had to make several more batches for the demand.

Second Harvest has 62 sites within seven counties, including Chatham County. Last year alone, more than 4,200 children at-risk for hunger visited one of those feeding sites.

Six sites in the Savannah area will start serving food on Tuesday. The following is a list of locations, dates and meal times:

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