Albany food bank getting ready to fight food insecurity over the summer

(ALBANY, Ga)- The Second Harvest Food Bank of Albany needs a hand as schools get ready to let out for the Summer.

Chief Marketing Director, Eliza McCall, says that South Georgia is one of the worst regions in the country when it comes to food insecurity

McCall tells us, “We have the 7th highest rate of food insecuity in the nation. It’s a tremendous problem down here. One in four children are food insecure, which means they live in a home without a stable source of food.”

While the food bank will feed millions throughout the year, they need the most help in the summer.

Especially since many of the kids the food bank will feed lose their only consistent food source once school’s out.

“In an area where 97% of the school system’s kids qualify for a free and reduced lunch, the majority of them qualify,” says McCall.

With the summer season only weeks away, Second Harvest needs any food donations they can get before the schools let out.

Even then, McCall says they are planning on doing more than just feeding kids at traditional sites.

She says, “We piloted last summer what we’re calling “KC On the Go” which is a mobile kids cafe site. We did it with a couple of sites last year, and this year, we’re going to be doing far more than that here in the Albany area.”

McCall told South Georgia TV that second harvest is working on a full list of sites where they will be feeding kids this summer.