Valdosta is up to seven free outdoor pantries.

One is at the corner of Central Avenue and Toombs Street downtown near First Baptist Church.

One is on the side wall of Miller Hardware downtown at
211 East Hill Avenue.

One is on the front wall of the Children’s Advocacy Center at 3325 Skipper Bridge Road.

One is on the front porch of the Greater Valdosta United Way office at 1609 North Patterson Street.

One is on the wall of the Salvation Army building at
320 Smithland Place.

One is on the front yard of the Haven administrative office at 1807 Peach Street in Remerton.

One is by the front door of Partnership Health Center at
520 Griffin Avenue.

Parent to Parent of Georgia is a statewide organization that assists families with children with any type of special need / disability. We have representatives across the state, with an office in Lowndes County serving the southern regions.

Parent to Parent of Georgia offers a variety of services to Georgia families impacted by disabilities or special healthcare needs, providing support, information, education, and leadership development for Georgians with disabilities or special health care needs, ages birth to 26, and their families. Families are never charged for our services. for additional information.

For more information on COVID-19 Response resources see:

SAMHSA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources

SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country. SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible.
ACL Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources
Guidance and resources for older adults, providers, communities, and states.
VA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
VA’s Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) webpage has the most current information and VA’s Coronavirus FAQs page provides answers to many important questions. Read the latest VA information regarding coronavirus and mental health here.

Brantley County Family Connection, The City of Hoboken, America’s Second Harvest and the Brantley County Board of Education have partnered to provide a mobile food pantry for 400 families at Hoboken Elementary School on Monday, May 11, 2020 from 10am – 12pm.



A VCS bus will deliver food 11-11:45 a.m. each Monday through Thursday at Ashton Park Apartments, W.G. Nunn Elementary, Willis L. Miller Library, Sallas Mahone Elementary, Remington Avenue and Arkwright Drive, Heron Lake Apartments, J.L. Lomax Elementary, Serenity Church, The Gables, The Pines Apartments, hotels on West Hill Avenue, Azalea Landing, Iola Drive, Leone Avenue and Diana Drive, McAfina Trail and Melrose Drive and Hickory Road and Harmon Drive. 

Five stationary sites are also available Monday through Friday until further notice: 11:30 a.m. at S.L. Mason Elementary, 821 W. Gordon St.; 11:30 a.m. at Ora Lee West Community Center, 611 E. Ann St.; noon at Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ, 1515 N. Forrest St.; 11:30 a.m. at Robert Jenkins Community Center at Hudson Dockett, 807 S. Fry St.; and noon at Scott Park, 900 Old Statenville Road. 

Children can eat free during the closures. Meals are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

More information at


With all the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the State of Georgia is trying to help ease the minds of residents. Georgia officials have created a new hotline that is available to all residents. Georgians can call 1-844-442-2681 with questions or concerns about the coronavirus.

The link to two forms: One is for people living in Lanier County who are in need of help because of COVID-19. For example, elderly needing food, meals, power bill assistance, etc. The second is for people willing to volunteer to help with these needs.
Need Help
Volunteer to Help            Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.

Georgia Postponed Services-3.24.20

Emergency Resources List as of March 26, 2020
this Excel file has much more information/details.

The data available at this link provides the confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health:  

To ensure that the numbers being provided through the COVID-19 data tool are the most current numbers available, the updates will be done at NOON every day.

USDA Announces Feeding Program  Partnership in Response to COVID-19

Collaboration will provide nearly 1,000,000 meals to rural children. FIND INFO HERE:  

Victim Advocacy/Victim Assistance Program

A coordinated effort of the Brooks County Board of Commissioners and Local Law Enforcement serving all victims of crime in Brooks County.

Peggy McCoy Wilson

P.O. Box 167, 610 South Highland, Quitman, Georgia 31643
Phone: 229 – 263 – 9866

A directory of services for and about seniors:

NAIPC-Web Resource Directory-September 2019

FYI. . . We want everyone to be aware of some trainings happening statewide. The June 9th QPR training is in Region 4 (at Southwestern State Campus).  Please note the registration links for these trainings are live and that spaces will fill quickly. Please also note there are suicide prevention and train-the-trainer courses available which have a pre-requisite to be approved (see the registration site link for details). Training confirmation are on a first come, first approved basis and free of charge. We are once again excited that we have the opportunity to expand mental health awareness trainings in Georgia. Please share within your networks. Thank you.Through this project, Georgia DBHDD will be offering a total of 26 evidence-based suicide prevention and mental health trainings for gatekeepers and professional helpers across every region of Georgia in 2020. In 2020, we will continue to offer the following classes:

  • AMSR (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

In addition, we have added the following NEW classes to our course offerings:

  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
  • AMSR New Leader Training
  • MHFA Train the Trainer
  • QPR Trainer Certification

To learn more or to register now, visit




Use this vaping toolkit provided by Hearts for Families to address adolescent vaping issues.


WHO TO CALL? –this website is the access point for ALL things related to DFCS services, which ranges from infant care to burial assistance and everything in between.Whether its a question about your Food Stamps application or you need to resolve an issue with a child support order you have many ways to get in touch with us. There are three ways to get help, you can choose your preferred form of communication below. START HERE:

Did you know that if you text “Home” to 741741 when you are feeling depressed, sad, or going through any kind of emotional crisis, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger ones, prefer text to talking on the phone. It’s a free service to anyone– teens, adults, etc.– who lives in the US. Depression is real, you are not alone.
#youAREloved #youAREenough #youareNOTalone 💛


Living Bridges Ministry has a new address:
111 E Adair St, Valdosta, GA 31601
(229) 234-7427

They are a relatively new non-profit.  They have clothing and furniture.



September is National Food Safety Education Month, a great time to highlight knowledge from the food safety community and explore ways to promote safe food handling and prevent foodborn illnesses. While it’s important to practice safe food handling habits all year, this observance provides an opportunity to spend time reviewing, and emphasizing with your participants, the importance of food safety principles, such as:

You can also stay up-to-date on food recalls and foodborn disease outbreaks with information maintained and updated by the CDC.

For those with a digital presence (websites, apps, and social media), you can further promote National Food Safety Education Month, and safe food handling throughout the year, with these digital tools:

Free presentations, webinars and videos, several offering CEU credits, are available from the Partnership for Food Safety and Education.  In addition, visit the CDC’s Food Safety Videos page to watch short, engaging videos, some available in Spanish, on topics such as Who is more at risk for food poisoning? and Maribel’s Story: How eating Queso Fresco harmed her unborn baby.

On the WIC Breastfeeding Support site, moms can find articles on how to sterilize and warm baby bottles safely and storing and thawing breast milk.

FCC moves forward with ‘988’ line for suicide prevention

(NY Post)  The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it is green-lighting a three-digit emergency number for suicide prevention.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s said he is following a staff recommendation for establishing a 911-style code, suggesting 988, to reach the network of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

The Lifeline program, funded through the US Health and Human Services Department, consists of a network of 163 crisis centers routing calls from anywhere in the US to the closest certified center. In 2018, trained counselors answered more than 2.2 million calls and 100,000-plus online chats. The 988 proposal seals one of the final legislative goals of long-serving lawmaker Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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Meeting Minutes 05-22-2019 homeless Task Force

If you need CPR?First Aid Training, classes are offered at the South Georgia Red Cross Operations Office located at 509 N Patterson St. on the first Thursday  and third Saturday of every month.  Reach out to Dineen for more information or go to