Georgia Farm Bureau Donates $20,000 In Harvest For All Campaign
By: GFB News
12/10/2012 2:23:12 PM
Food insecurity is uncertainty about access to food, and it's a circumstance experienced by more than one in six Georgians in 2011, according to a study from the USDA's Economic Research Service, which indicated that 17.4 percent of Georgia households had low food security, nearly twice the national average.
Georgia Farm Bureau's annual Harvest For All campaign is aimed at providing food to those who have fallen on hard times.
"Our organization prides itself on helping the citizens of Georgia, and there is no better way to do that than to provide life-sustaining food for those who are struggling to make ends meet," said GFB President Zippy Duvall. "The Harvest For All campaign is a great way to give food access to those families."
For the third straight year, the campaign solicited cash donations, and the state's 158 county Farm Bureau chapters combined to contribute $20,000, which was presented to Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA) Executive Director Danah Craft during Georgia Farm Bureau's 75th Annual Convention on Jekyll Island. The GFBA uses donated dollars to purchase high-protein, low-cost foods like chicken and peanut butter and to offset the costs of various outreach programs like mobile pantries, Manna drops and backpack programs. Because the GFBA use bulk purchasing, they can turn $1 into more than $7 worth of food.
The GFB Young Farmer Committee coordinated the 8th Annual Harvest For All Campaign.
"We are so grateful to Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers for this donation," Craft said. "These funds could not have come at a better time. Donations like this are critical because food banks often need to purchase protein to supplement the donated food that comes through food drives and other product donations."
Georgia Farm Bureau's Harvest For All donation will have a statewide impact. The Georgia Food Bank Association distributes the funds to America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Feeding the Valley in Columbus, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens, Golden Harvest in Augusta, the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in Macon and Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta.
"Demand for food assistance in Georgia has grown 15 percent this year on top of the dramatic 30 percent annual increases the food banks experienced during the recession." Craft said. "The face of hunger is changing in Georgia. Working families, the unemployed or underemployed, seniors and children make up 1 in 6 Georgians who need food assistance. We are thankful for the generosity of Georgia Farm Bureau members who provided this donation and also to those who donate nutritious fruit and vegetables to our food bank network throughout the year."
Past Harvest for All campaigns have solicited direct donations of food. Since 2004, GFB has coordinated eight Harvest For All campaigns through which GFB members across the state donated about 49,000 pounds of staple food items and more than $80,000 in cash donations distributed to the food banks located throughout Georgia affiliated with Feeding America. In 2005, GFB members collected 17,000 pounds of food, which were donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Hancock County, Miss.
The Center on Hunger and Poverty defines food insecurity as occurring "whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire acceptable food in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain." The Center defines hunger as "the uneasy or painful sensation caused by a recurrent or involuntary lack of food and is a potential, although not necessary, consequence of food insecurity."
"Sadly hunger is a significant problem for many of our fellow Georgians," said 2011 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Chairman Jake Carter. "Harvest For All campaign is our way of reaching out to those in our communities struggling to feed their families."
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