South Georgia's biggest food bank is facing a food shortage, as they enter their most critical time of the year.
The holidays are approaching quickly. That's the busiest time of the year here.
Food bank officials are extremely alarmed and are looking for answers from the state. The Emergency Food Assistance Program or TE-FAP is a food distribution program authorized through the Farm Bill.
The state Department of Human Resources administers funding from the USDA.
Last year, Second Harvest received approximately 4.7 million pounds of food. But this year, they've only received 2.7 million. Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall says they have been told they should expect to see at least 60 shipments between now and the end of the year, but they don't know how much, what product, and when.
"It's very frustrating for us to know that we are going into the holiday season with less product than we typically have. The need hasn't changed, but our product levels have," Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall.
McCall says they have been asking to meet with the TE-FAP staff since June, and finally got a response that they could meet the Friday before Thanksgiving. The food bank says that's impossible for them, and have requested to meet in early December.
We've reached out to the DFCS Office of communications to learn why the food delivery was delayed in Georgia. They said they are not currently aware on any delays in distribution.