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Thomasville Rescue Mission, other nonprofits join forces to feed families

Posted at 7:20 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 10:17:57-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — Several organizations across southwest Georgia are teaming up to keep people fed.

The Thomasville Rescue Mission is just one of the organizations helping to feed southwest Georgia.

"We feed about 100 people a day," said Jimmy Moore, the founder of Rescue Mission.

Since the pandemic began, demand for food services increased up to 60 percent across several counties.

"Part of that is due to the increase in those who are struggling financially," said Eliza McCall, the chief marketing director at Second Harvest. "Part of the service that, we're doing this because some families may have the money but they don't actually have access to groceries. We've had some families tell us that."

Grady County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard says he's happy the district can help, especially if it means students can better focus on learning.

"One of the things that I know, if a child is going to learn they've got to have their basic needs met, one of those being food," said Gilliard. "So when Second Harvest Food Bank called and offered to provide pantry boxes I thought we needed to do that."

They were able to distribute about 350 of the boxes Wednesday, and since March 17, 80,000 meals have been given out to families who need them.

Second Harvest of South Georgia says they need your help to keep food distributions, like those at Grady County Schools and the Rescue Mission in Thomasville, fully stocked.

For more information or to donate, click here.