SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia held a drive-thru food giveaway on Thursday to help Savannah’s tourism and hospitality workers whose livelihoods are at risk due to the global health emergency.
According to the City of Savannah Tourism Leadership Council (TLC), more than 50 percent of Savannah’s restaurants have temporarily closed or laid-off employees. What would normally be peak travel season for the city is now hitting a record low as local hotel occupancy rates settle between five to 10 percent — a drastic difference compared to March’s average of about 80 percent.
Second Harvest, TLC and Savannah Chamber of Commerce teamed up to pass out boxes of food to over 1,000 cars on River Street, along with the help of the Georgia National Guard.
These emergency food distributions have become weekly events that the local charity says will continue for as long as there is a need.
“We’re going to Liberty, Bryan, Effingham, Chatham, Glynn County, all of the different areas that we cover,” said Second Harvest Executive Director Mary Jane Crouch.
She says next week, the organization is planning an event in Pooler and another in Glynn County.
“We’re trying to make sure we hit all the areas so everyone has access to this food,” Crouch said.
For those who would like to help Second Harvest continue its work, donations can be made online at helpendhunger.org.