SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Thousands of our neighbors in the Coastal Empire would go hungry if it wasn’t for America’s Second Harvest.
The organization moves quite a bit of food.
“Overall, last year, we provided 15.1 million pounds of food to people living in Coastal Georgia, and we touched over 141,000 lives last year,” said Mary Jane Crouch, America’s Second Harvest, Executive Director.
Purchased through grants at grocery stores and farms, or donated through community food drives, the food that comes through Second Harvest is distributed to many people in many ways.
“We provide the food to 285 non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations. different shelters, pantry programs so that they can use this food for their low-income feeding programs."
It is not just canned goods.
“We have a freezer that holds about six tractor-trailer loads of frozen product, and we distribute chicken and all sorts of things that way. This year, we’ll distribute close to three million pounds of produce."
While most of that food goes through a different organization, Second Harvest also operates direct-service programs to provide meals to the elderly.
“Each month, volunteers come in to pack 1,700 bags of groceries for senior citizens.”
They also have a mobile food pantry.
“We go out to the more rural areas that don’t have access to food pantries.”
The Kids Cafe after-school meal program that started with Second Harvest in Savannah has exploded nationally.
“It’s now the third largest childhood hunger initiative in the United States, and is in 42 states.”
So, the WTOC Community Champions at American’s Second Harvest keep feeding the community in a variety of ways.
“You may see one of our drivers at the grocery store picking up, or you may see someone at a Kids Cafe, but we have a whole group of people that work because they don’t want any person to go to bed hungry tonight.”
The Postal Worker’s Food Drive is coming up Saturday, May 11. It’s Second Harvest’s largest food drive of the year.