Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Responds to Growing Need in 2020
Thursday, July 30th, 2020
The Middle Georgia Community Food Bank has worked tirelessly to address the growing need of food insecurity experienced by our neighbors in the 24-county area served they serve. The food bank increased the amount of food distributed in April through June by over 50% of the levels provided in the first quarter of 2020. The food bank distributed food for 1.9 million meals during first quarter and 2.9 million meals in second quarter. This compares to a previous record of 2.4 million meals distributed in the second quarter of 2019.
Through the end of June 5.8 million pounds of food have been provided in 2020 to those who find themselves in need of assistance – that’s enough for 4.8 million meals.
The food bank also helps individuals and families applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and had an increase in second quarter almost double the number of first quarter applications. Assistance was provided for 78 SNAP applications in first quarter and 154 in second quarter.
This response has been made possible by the network of 160 partner agencies throughout the 24-county area. Faith-based and community nonprofit organizations make up this network with hundreds of volunteers who transport food from the food bank and operate pantries, soup kitchens, and other agencies in their local areas to make nutritious food available. Dozens of volunteer groups host mobile pantry distributions which supplement the daily assistance provided by partner agencies.
Dedicated food bank employees have put forth extra effort to meet the increased need as COVID-19 impacted many citizens in middle Georgia. Eight National Guard soldiers have been assigned to supplement the food bank workforce as safety concerns prevented the organization from welcoming volunteers at the warehouse to pack food for distribution. Jeff Battcher, Board President, expressed his appreciation to employees and the National Guard for their selfless dedication to service.
Kathy McCollum, who was appointed Executive Director in May, points out, “generous donors provide much needed financial resources to equip the food bank to meet this increased level of need. Individuals, families, religious and community groups, businesses, and foundations realize that our neighbors are experiencing difficulties and want to be a part of bringing food to those in need.”
To be a part of the solution, please donate to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank with an online gift at www.mgcfb.org or mail a contribution to the food bank at 4490 Ocmulgee East Blvd, Macon, GA 31217.