The Appling County Food Bank finished July with one of the largest food distribution months in its history. During the month of July, the Food Bank served 338 households with a record amount of food being distributed at 38,728 pounds of food. The 338 households represented 837 people being served in Appling County in July. The large amount of food was due to donations of fresh produce from Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. There were donations of cabbages, carrots, onions, squash, and watermelons, from Second Harvest. Also local donations of bananas, blueberries and squash were of great help to families in need.
One of the added benefits in July was that the Food Bank in cooperation with the local Extension Office was able to offer classes. The classes were part of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) that are offered through the University of Georgia. EFNEP is free and offers a series of seven sessions that can help individuals learn healthier eating on a budget. Each session one has the opportunity to learn new information, observe food demonstrations, and taste new recipes. There were about thirty referrals from the Food Bank.
The Food Bank is thankful to all those who support it with food and financial donations. Our support comes from churches, companies, United Way and individuals who support us on a regular basis. The food drives by the local post office, schools, and civic groups are a tremendous boost to increased food availability. Also, local stores who are partners in the “Feeding America” program provide a tremendous support base. Without the continued support, this ministry would be limited in what it could provide.
The volunteers who give service are to be highly commended for their time and dedication. They provide unselfish and caring service to the community. The Appling County Food Bank is open to the public, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with hours 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 82 Barnes Street, in the old elementary school.