Thousands line up for food bank donations


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – As communities across the country grapple with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is focusing on feeding people in 21 counties.

Over one thousand cars lined up outside of the food bank’s President Street location with the hope of getting a box of food to feed themselves and their families. The first-come-first-serve food distribution is one of many mobile drives, the local charity is hosting to help the people who are hurting right now.

“We just really want to make sure that everyone knows we’re here for the long-term. You know, we are your local community food bank and we’re here to make sure that no child or adult, family, senior or anyone goes hungry,” Mary Jane Crouch, the food bank’s Executive Director, said.

People who waited over seven hours to receive a box of fresh fruit and other goods, said they planned to look for ways to serve others: “You know not only are we going to help people in our area, but we’re going to reach out to other areas as well, and I think that once that trends it will kind of help everybody get through this crisis a little bit easier.”

People in the community and city and state officials all joined together to package and distribute the boxes to the hundreds who were seeking help.

Crouch urged community members to reach out and, “…think about helping those people that can’t. Maybe they can’t get out, you know leave a bag on the porch to help them if they’re elderly and they can’t make it to the grocery store or they have compromised immune systems.”

Saturday’s food drive was the first of many distributions Crouch said they plan to host.

“We’re here to help and we’re going to do everything we can to help we just need everyone to be patient and we need everyone to be kind to one another,” Crouch stated.

To make a donation to the food bank click HERE. Crouch said they are currently screening volunteer groups of under 10 people to help them with some of their upcoming distributions. Click HERE for more information.

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