Georgia Food Banks
a variety of programs each aimed at ending hunger and breaking the
cycle of poverty in South Georgia. Brief descriptions of our programs
are included below. To request more detailed information, please click
here or contact us by phone.
Food Bank Distribution
has a network of more than 400 partner agencies across our 30 counties
that range from small homeless shelters to large church food pantries.
These partners access the food by paying a shared maintenance fee
(figured per pound) that helps cover the transportation and handling of
the product. All food is free and must be given to the end users at no
cost. Through our network of partner agencies, we distribute more than 1
million pounds of food per month. Last year we provided 16.5 million
pounds of food and groceries to those in need in South Georgia and are
on track to well exceed that this year. Click here to see how the food
department stores, discount stores, etc. donate excess inventory,
damaged or out-of-date items. Items are inspected by trained staff to
ensure product safety and quality, if necessary repackaged, and then
distributed through our various channels to those in need. This nearly 4
million pounds of food per year would otherwise end up in the landfill
but instead is rescued and utilized to combat hunger in our area.
children’s feeding program provides kids with meals after school and
during school breaks (summer, holidays, etc.). During the school year,
children get a meal or snack and an hour of enrichment activities (such
as tutoring). At present, our Albany and Valdosta kitchens prepare and
deliver more than 45,000 (total) meals and snacks monthly for area kids.
Last year we served nearly 425,000 meals and snacks to South Georgia
Farm to Family
farmers, packing sheds, and produce wholesalers donate fresh produce
which is supplied to those in need through multiple channels including
food bank distribution, mobile food pantry, and Kids Café. During this
year’s peak growing season, we collected and distributed nearly 1
million pounds of produce in a single month.
Mobile Food Pantry
utilize our specialty truck (purchased through a Kraft vehicle grant
several years ago) to set up a mobile food pantry in areas of greatest
need where residents may not have transportation to visit the
traditional food pantry. These “manna drops” as they have been nicknamed
can provide those in need with both non-perishable items such as canned
food and perishable items such as produce, dairy, and bread. This
program is particularly effective in migrant camp areas where residents,
due to the transitory nature of the population, are not knowledgeable
of the services available in the area.
provides assistance to local, state and federal government agencies
with regard to disaster relief. Our South Georgia location enables us to
serve as a staging site for the entire Southeast. We store disaster
relief supplies such as water, food, blankets, etc. and can mobilize
these resources quickly, having them on site in a crisis within a matter
Harvest, founded in 2009, is a free school supply store for area
teachers. This program, located at our Valdosta branch, offers
educators an assortment of brand new and gently used supplies and
equipment donated to us by both local and national businesses and the
Kids in Need Foundation. Since our opening, we’ve given away nearly
$1.75 million in products and served nearly 3,000 teachers. TH strives
to ensure that kids have what they need to succeed in school, as
education is a huge component in breaking the cycle of poverty that
plagues our area.
In addition to these year-round programs, we conduct seasonal and standalone events such as our recent Thanksgiving meal giveaway, at which we were able to distribute over 150,000 pounds of food.