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Second Harvest holds drive-thru food distribution event for Chatham Co. residents

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 6:58 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 4:47 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Hundreds of families in need got some help putting food on the table Friday, thanks to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

The food bank hosted a drive-through food distribution Friday morning at Memorial Stadium in Savannah. People turned out to get boxes full of non-perishable items, frozen chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables and more.

Two volunteer groups assisted Second Harvest with the giveaway - the SCAD women’s lacrosse team and Target East employees.

WTOC was there and spoke with Executive Director Mary Jane Crouch and one of the SCAD volunteers about the importance of helping our community. You can watch their interviews above.

Second Harvest is always accepting donations, volunteers, and taking their mobile pantry out all over the county. For more information and a full schedule, click here.

“Food costs have gone up so much that a lot of people just can’t make ends meet anymore,” Crouch said.

Volunteers from the community loaded trunks with boxes of food all morning. A SCAD lacrosse player says it felt good being able to give back the support they get from the community.

“We need food to survive, so I think it’s definitely an important thing that we need to be doing because not everyone does get access to food. And so being able to give that away is awesome,” said Eden Ali, sophomore at SCAD.

The goal was to serve 850 families because Second Harvest says they still see a lot of need in this community.

“It always amazes us. We had people get here at 4:00 in the morning, sleeping in their cars so they can make sure they got food before we ran out of food. So it’s really wonderful to see that the community helps us be able to do this. A lot of people are still struggling with needing food. A lot of people are struggling, you know, putting that food on the table for their families,” Crouch said.

One of their food drives got cancelled this year. Crouch says that was 70,000 pounds of food they didn’t get.

“The senior citizens are really and truly are struggling right now. You know, they normally would go in a grocery store and buy the less expensive cans but a lot of those things are gone.”

She says because of a grant they received, they are moving soon so they can help even more families.

“We’re gonna be able to double the size of our warehouse so we’ll be able to accept a lot of loads of food that right now, we just don’t have room for. As well as, enlarge our kitchen so we’ll be able to serve even more children through our kid’s cafe program.”

In the meantime, they are asking organizations to partner with them for food drives and for more volunteers to come out and help serve.

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