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 www.valdostafoodbank.org or call the agency at (229) 244-2678.

1
Text Only
What We Think
  • Regional shopping makes sense

    This weekend is the tax-free holiday in Georgia.

    July 31, 2014

  • Focus now on what lies within

    Forty-three years ago the federal mandate to desegregate Valdosta City Schools was necessary.

    July 30, 2014

  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results