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Second Harvest participates in United Way Day of Caring

Doug Griner Doug Griner

As a partner with the United Way, Second Harvest food bank in Valdosta helped out the organization on Friday by serving as one of several host locations throughout Valdosta for members participating in United Way's Day of Caring event to visit.

Groups from various businesses throughout Valdosta volunteered to visit the agencies in town that partner with the United Way and complete a task specific to that organization in order to learn more about the organization. Some groups competed against each other, trying to be the first group to complete all the tasks at each of the organizations, other groups chose to stay at one particular organization for the day.

"The ultimate goal is community leaders can interact with agencies of the United way and we can build stronger strategic partnerships to accomplish the individual mission of the agencies and the overall mission of the United Way," said Doug Griner, Second Harvest CEO.

At the food bank, the volunteers at the front of the warehouse were tasked with filling boxes with canned goods. Some of the boxes will be taken to neighborhoods throughout Valdosta and across South Georgia and distributed to families and individuals in need there beginning Saturday, August 23rd. Other volunteers filled larger boxes for organizations that purchase food from the food bank to use.

"The group in the back is building our larger distribution boxes so that our local agencies that access food from us can come and shop through those boxes to pick up the individual items they want," Griner explained.

Groups are welcome to organize similar events at the food bank on their throughout the year. For more information, contact Second Harvest at 888-453-4143.

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