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Second Harvest gets more than "an apple a day"


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –A generous donation from a supermarket chain is helping feed hungry people all over our area this holiday season.

Thomasville's Second Harvest received more than $60,000 pounds of apples from Harveys grocery store.

But Second Harvest officials say they're still struggling and need your help to keep up their food supplies.

Thomasville's Second Harvest is celebrating a huge donation of more than 60,000 pounds of apples from Harveys supermarket.

"Oh, it's amazing. It's truly amazing," says Danny Dukes, the director of Thomasville's Second Harvest. "To get that kind of product in that it's nutritional for kids, for anybody really. And to get it here at Christmas time, that's a big plus."

Second Harvest serves as a grocery store for groups that help the hungry, including soup kitchens, food banks, and Safe Haven, an organization that assists people affected by the HIV/AIDS virus.

"We want them to be as healthy as possible and Second Harvest through their pricing structure allows us to do that," explains the executive director of Safe Haven, Carol Biggs. "We would not be able to be in business without Second Harvest."

"To see a smile on somebody's face is just unbelievable. We watch people stand in line at food banks in the rain to get food, in the cold to get food, there's hungry people out there," says Dukes.

Although donations are steady, officials say it's getting harder to turn the half a million pounds of food needed each month to support their communities.

"We're getting low on food and the reason is simply because the demand is so much higher," Dukes explains.

And they say it's not uncommon to come across a hungry child who has never had fresh fruit, like an apple.

"That really brings home the poverty we see," Biggs points out. The holidays are the holidays. We want them to be able to celebrate and be with their families and enjoy it like any other family would."

"Will we ever end hunger?" asks Dukes. "We don't know. But we give it our best shot when we walk in the front door every morning."

And they hope communities they serve will do their best to help reach the Second Harvest goal.

Second Harvest locations in Valdosta, Albany, and Douglas also received donated apples.

If you'd like to make a monetary or food donation to the organization, call (229) 228-0038.

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