Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 17, 2012

Make a difference Saturday

VALDOSTA — Imagine waking up with an empty belly, stomach cramps, and feeling lightheaded — and having no way to make that feeling go away because there is no food in the house to speak of.

Hunger, or more correctly, food insecurity, affects millions of Americans, and thousands of south Georgians. And more often than not, the individuals most affected are the elderly and children, who are disproportionately represented in hunger statistics. It’s estimated that nationwide, nearly 21 percent of all children live in poverty, nearly 9 percent of those 65 and older live in poverty, and food insecurity affects more than 50 million Americans.

Despite the assistance available to families, such as SNAP (formerly the food stamp program), free school lunches, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children’s program), there are still many meals missed by those living in food insecure households. Second Harvest of South Georgia does its best to help fill in the gaps for children and adults, providing food boxes for families in need, but the need is growing greater with each passing year.

Second Harvest is sponsoring Make a Difference Day Saturday and they are still in need of volunteers. They need individuals who will make a difference in the lives of others who live around them, work around them, wait on them in restaurants, fix their cars, are taught in local classrooms, and who are in need of a helping hand.

If you are interested in making a difference Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, contact Second Harvest and volunteer your time to help sort, box, clean, stack, and any other task they may assign. You can go online to or call the agency at (229) 244-2678.

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