SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Food insecurity is growing across the country, and economists predict the pandemic could result in one in four children facing hunger. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia hosted a drive-thru food giveaway to help families in Chatham County who are struggling to put food on the table.
The food bank distributed a variety of non-perishable goods and fresh produce at Memorial Stadium on Thursday morning. The Georgia National Guard was also on-site to load items into people’s car trunks.
Staff with Second Harvest say, since the shutdown in March, the demand for food in Georgia spiked to 149 percent higher than usual. Now that demand has since settled to about 48 percent higher for this time of year in comparison to last year’s stats.
“We’ve really tried to step up. We’ve done over 100 of these mobile food pantries throughout coastal Georgia, so we’ve been pretty busy making sure we get the food out there. Now we’re not seeing the panic because they’ve learned where they can go, what they can do, but we are still seeing a huge increase over what we did last year this time,” Mary Jane Crouch, the Executive Director for the food bank said.
Second Harvest has hosted a number of drive-thru food distribution events since March. Organizers say the best way to help continue their mission is through monetary donations.
“Your gift will enable us to acquire the most beneficial food and supplies to support our food insecure population,” a statement from Second Harvest reads.
To learn more about Second Harvest or to make a donation, visit helpendhunger.org.