The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia has upgraded to a newer semi truck, which will be used to obtain and distribute more food throughout Southwest Georgia in the fight against hunger. Thanks to a grant from the Zeist Foundation in Atlanta and the support of local donors the Food Bank was able to purchase a 2004 Freightliner with low mileage. The truck will be used to transport large volumes of food (dry and refrigerated) and other grocery items which will be used to fight the growing problem of hunger here in Southwest Georgia.
“With the economy struggling and unemployment on the rise, food insecurity among our neighbors has never been higher,” said Brett Kirkland, President of the Food Bank. “We are working tirelessly at meeting the increased demands and upgrading our transportation equipment will give us the ability to access more food and enable us to distribute it more efficiently.”
Last year, the Food Bank was awarded a 2009 International refrigerated box truck through a grant from Feeding America and Wal-Mart Foundation, which significantly improved its deteriorating fleet. The Food Bank is looking next at upgrading its single-axle semi truck, which will be used to increase its mobile pantry program, and purchasing a new delivery van, which will be used to deliver meals for its Kids Cafe program.
The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia, located in Albany, is one of eight non-profit food banks in Georgia that is a part of the Feeding America network. The Food Bank provides food and grocery items to more than 300 agencies (i.e. churches, soup kitchens, food pantries, rescue missions, abuse shelters, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) throughout 20 counties in Southwest Georgia. They also operate the Manna Mobile Pantry Program, BackPack Program, and Kids Cafe Program. Last year, the Food Bank distributed over 3.3 million pounds of food and grocery items throughout Southwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.foodbank-swga.org.