SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Friday was the final food distribution of the year for America’s Second Harvest in Chatham County. It was an occasion that was marked by a big turnout. In fact, it may have been the biggest of the year.
There was a clear theme to Friday’s food distribution event - speed. But of course, for a good reason.
“We’re expecting to serve around a thousand families as you can see by the lines and unfortunately the backup on the roads,” said Mary Jane Crouch.
But in reality, they ended up serving closer to 1,200 families. A stark difference compared to recent events.
“Lately, we haven’t had quite those crowds. We’ve had the 800 or 700,” Crouch said.
A noticeable difference for those helping hand out food like Private First Class JaMyrecal Yates.
“Yeah, I think this was probably the most cars we’ve had so far,” said Yates.
So, needless to say, speed was important to ensure no one went without, especially this time of year.
“The holidays always make it harder for people, but this year is especially difficult,” said Crouch.
Which is why Friday’s distribution had to happen, despite the cold and long lines.
“We apologize for all those who had to wait in line this morning,” said Crouch.
Filling cars with food, and hearts with hope.
“There’s a lot of negative stuff going on out here and just to put positive out, it just feels good on the inside. Just seeing people smile, that’s what it’s all about, helping one another,” Yates said.
According to Crouch, this year America’s Second Harvest has provided more than 24-million pounds of food and 760,000 meals to children in Coastal Georgia.
Also at Friday’s distribution Wells Fargo donated $33,000 to the food bank today as part of the bank’s “Many Hearts, One Community” campaign.
Said District Manager Sheri Butler, who was at Memorial Stadium this morning:
“Hunger is a year-round issue which is even more pronounced during the holidays. And this year, due to the pandemic, the need for food is unfortunately much greater than ever before,” said Wells Fargo District Manager Sheri Butler. “Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the communities we serve and we are glad to present a check for $33,000 to help provide meals to people in need. There are many hearts and one community, and we humbly join others in solidarity to help during these tough times.”