Second Harvest prepares to provide summer meals for students

Second Harvest prepares to provide summer meals for students
(Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The summer is rapidly approaching and Second Harvest of South Georgia is going the extra mile to make sure kids will be well fed during the summer break from school.

Second Harvest plans to provide food to an estimated 25 sites that cater to children during the summer and will even have some mobile trucks for parents to bring their kids to if they don't have reliable transportation.

One in three children in South Georgia are food insecure.

Second Harvest of South Georgia is working to counteract the issue for students who rely on school lunch as their main meal of the day.

"Kids Cafe is Second Harvest's child feeding program, which operates not only during the summertime but after school," said Director Eliza McCall.

Second Harvest plans to research what areas throughout South Georgia need the most help when pertaining to food.

"We work with existing children's programs, like the Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc., YMCA and also smaller operations in order to make sure kids have the nutrition that they need," explained McCall.

With nearly 51,000 kids in South Georgia not knowing where their next meal is coming from, Second Harvest is trying something new this year, mobile sites.

"We anticipate setting up between five and 10 mobile sites this summer. This is something new for us, we will be taking our new KC On the Go program out into the community where children may not have access to feeding otherwise," said McCall.

McCall encourages community members to make financial donations as even just $1 can provide at least two meals.

"We're the largest feeding program in Southwest Georgia and we're only feeding between 3,000 to 4,000 children a day, so we're not even coming close to the need that's out there," McCall explained.

The USDA and its state partners are working to get a website up and running that will allow people to simply text food and input their zip code to receive a listing of every place in their area that provides help for food insecurity.

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