Volunteering in the local community is a small way to give back to those in need by providing support through donating funds, time, or food.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia is one such non-profit organization who focuses on utilizing volunteers to help provide food and support to the local community.

The organization was founded in 1982 by a small group of volunteers from Valdosta, Georgia with the goal of providing for individuals and families in the community with easy and inexpensive access to food and services. Although the group first worked in a borrowed basement, the organization has grown tremendously in the last 31 years and is now nationally-accredited.

Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc provides free summer meals in July to kids in Quitman, Georgia through the Kid’s Café and the Quitman United Methodist Church. The service is provided every Tuesday and Thursday on Forsyth Street behind the church from 11:30am-12:30.

Since Second Harvest is a non-profit organization, volunteers are always welcome! Recommended hours for volunteering are Monday through Thursday from 8am-1pm and the first and third Friday of each month. Saturdays are available based on pre-scheduled appointments. Volunteer opportunities include product recovery, office work, Teachers’ Harvest, and more.

 

Product recovery is a hands-on experience for groups and individuals to sort, inspect and package food and groceries donated. These items are then distributed to those in need in the area. This volunteer opportunity is not appropriate for those who cannot do moderate lifting or stand for long periods of time. Volunteers who assist with office work help with administrative tasks like filing, data entry, and mailings. This assistance in administrative support is best suitable for individuals or very small groups.

The Teachers’ Harvest program is an excellent volunteer experience serving South Georgia’s teachers at the free school supply store! Volunteers help sort, repackage, and stock product on shelves and help assist shoppers. The program is currently in need of volunteers who are able to lift 10 pounds or more on the following dates: July 25 from 7am-4pm, July 26th and 27th from 7am-1pm, and July 30th and 31st from 7am-4pm. The program is also seeking a few volunteer paramedics or EMTs to help during the first two days of the Teachers’ Harvest Kickoff on July 25th and 26th.

For more information or to register, call Hannah at 229-244-2678 at extension 205 or email volunteer@feedingsga.org to volunteer.

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Kadence Bennett
Kadence is a young Cook County teenager who loves her smart watch, smart phone, iPad and all other forms of digital media overload. Some of her accomplishments include making the middle and high school cheer teams, the golf team, maintaining Honor Roll status every semester in school, and winning the school's writing fair two years in a row. Kadence will begin Cook County High School in the fall of 2018, and also will attend Georgia Military College as a dual-enrolled student. She enjoys service projects and loves to volunteer in her local community. Helping people has always been her passion. Kadence has set her goal to become a pediatric surgeon, after studying at Harvard Medical School.

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