We are thankful for the recent partnerships with the Waycross Social Security Administration office and Southeastern Credit Union for two food drives whose donations helped stock our Service Center food pantries. The Social Security office held an internal employee drive with the tagline, “Feds Feeding Families”.
The Southeastern Credit Union urged residents to help “fill a truck” by dropping donations off at sites they organized at the local Chamber, library, City administration office, police department, Piggly Wiggly grocery store, and Robbie Roberson Food to benefit Ware and Pierce County residents. The results of these efforts will have a huge impact on those we serve.
Hunger is a year-round issue in our communities. Did you know that in 2016 approximately 41.2 million people in America lived in food insecure households? Food insecure means that there were times of the year that the people in the household did not have enough food. To make a bad situation even worse, a majority of the insecure households have children living in them. In many of the counties we serve 1 in 3 children does not have access to enough food in their homes. In a society where so much is centered on food, hunger is a problem that is hard to comprehend.
But it is a problem – a local problem – and it is everyone’s problem.
Not having enough food results in poorer performance in school and developmental issues for children. For adults it means difficulty holding down a job, a higher rate of chronic illness and increased medical costs.
These issues become problems for everyone when you consider the impact school performance, unemployment and turnover rates, and healthcare costs have on an entire community.
Our food pantries are stocked by generous donations made in the communities we serve. If you are interested in making a donation or hosting a donation drive please contact us at 912-285-6083 or 912-557-6687.
Pictured left: Donations made by Waycross SSA office. Pictured right: CSI and Southeastern Credit Union staff meet to work out details of community food drive.