December 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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GFB DONATES $20,000 TO GEORGIA FOOD BANK ASSOCIATION
MACON, Ga. – Georgia Farm Bureau’s annual Harvest For All campaign is aimed at providing food to those who have struggled to put food on the table. For the fourth straight year, the campaign solicited cash donations. Georgia’s 158 county Farm Bureau chapters contributed $20,000, which was presented to Georgia Food Bank Association Director Danah Craft during Georgia Farm Bureau’s 76th Annual Convention on Jekyll Island.
An average of more than 640,000 Georgia households, or 16.9 percent, experienced uncertainty about their access to food from 2010 to 2012, according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
That need, which translates to 1.64 million people statewide (based on the Census Bureau’s published average of 2.55 persons per household), continues even as reports of an improving economy abound. Nationally, 14.7 percent of households experienced food insecurity from 2010 to 2012.
“There is so much need out there, and in many cases it’s right next door,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “While Georgia Farm Bureau is focused on being the voice of Georgia farmers, we are always mindful that we have fellow Georgians who are struggling to acquire basic food necessities for their families. The Harvest For All campaign is a great way to help those families access food.”
The GFB Young Farmer Committee coordinated the 9th Annual Harvest For All Campaign.
“Food banks gladly accept food donations and we stretch them as far as we can,” Craft said. “Cash donations like this are a critical component of efforts to combat hunger. They allow food banks to buy protein to supplement the donated food they take in. We’re extremely grateful that Georgia Farm Bureau continues to partner with us to address the food needs of hungry Georgians.”
GFBA member food banks use 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 uses bulk purchasing, it can turn $1 into more than $7 worth of food.
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.
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 $100,000 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 was 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.”
“In a perfect world there would be no hunger, but we all know that’s not the reality we live in,” said 2013 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Chairman Garrett Ganas. “The Harvest For All campaign is our way of reaching out to those in our communities struggling to feed their families.”
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.
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CUTLINE FOR PHOTO: Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Chair Garrett Ganas, right and GFB President Zippy Duvall present a check for the proceeds of the 2013 Harvest For All campaign to Georgia Food Bank Association Executive Director Danah Craft during the 2013 GFB Annual Convention on Jekyll Island Dec. 8.