Putnam Christian Outreach, Inc., Putnam Community Resource and Golden Harvest Food Bank from Augusta joined forces on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to host a mobile food pantry with the help of a team of National Guard members who coordinated the drive-through process and loaded the vehicles with boxes of grocery items from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The line of vehicles that were waiting to get food ran a good distance down the length of Industrial Boulevard while waiting to get to the front of PCOI’s headquarters at 151 Industrial Boulevard. Many of the vehicles that went through the line also picked up food for people in their neighborhoods who were unable to leave their home to ensure everyone in the area has enough food. Around 231 families and 504 total individuals were provided grocery items at the food distribution event in order to assist them in overcoming hunger – a major task of Golden Harvest’s mission.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this food distribution,” said Putnam Community Resource Director, Valerie Landau. “The National Guard and PCOI staff were on-site to assist and could not have been more helpful, polite and cheerful. Golden Harvest Food Bank serves to overcome hunger and assist everyone in leading happy, healthy lives. Our vision is to inspire healthy change, one meal at a time, and that’s exactly what we did.”
“This mobile food distribution was just one more way that we can serve our community — with caring hands and loving hearts — to make a local impact, which is so important,” said PCOI Executive Director Vanessa Jackson. “We may be a hidden gem in Georgia’s Lake Country, but our impact is wide-spread, and we are excited about expanding that impact by recruiting new volunteers and shoppers at our expansive thrift shop.”
Putnam Community Resource will be hosting another food distribution event on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 151 Industrial Boulevard in Eatonton.