Storm victims: A look at local food drives for the weekend ahead

SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – Since Tuesday, food banks and other groups have come together in attempt to aid those struggling with power loss and a lack of food after hurricane Matthew.

For many people, the only options in the evening for food was to try and beat curfew and eat at the few restaurants open.

“When we had to go eat around town to places that were still open it would take us like four hours to eat to go to Waffle House or stuff like that,” says  Richard Matthews who is grabbing food at America’s Second Harvest food bank for his family of four.

“Hopefully it’ll feed everybody yeah we’re hoping to feed everybody,” he adds.

Second Harvest has given out near to 1,000 boxes each day since reopening Tuesday. Savannah Feed the Hungry hosted two meal events Wednesday afternoon as well. Thursday, the Forsyth Farm Truck 912 gave produce and snacks to dozens of east Savannah neighbors. The truck hopes to continue it’s mobile food pantry into the weekend. The food bank plans to do just be same.

“We will be looking to provide the hot meals to people without electricity so that they can have something that’s really and truely a good home cooked meal starting on Saturday,” says food bank executive director Mary Jane Crouch.

In fact there will be a laundry list of places around Savannah where at least lunch will be provided to those cleaning up or in need. Here is a look at some if he sites for Friday and Saturday:

  • Performance Initiatives (2021 Tennessee Ave.) from 12pm to 3pm. Block Party – community clean-up, lunch, and children’s activities. Volunteers are needed for set-up, distribution, clean-up, kids’ activities, and clean up. No need to sign up, just show up with bags, rakes, chainsaws, etc.
  • The Dream Campaign (34th and Reynolds) will provide lunch to the Eastside community.
  •  Performance Initiatives (2021 Tennessee Ave.) will serve dinner from 4pm to 5pm.
  • St. Mary’s Community Center – Congregation Mickve Israel will provide 200 lunches to the Cuyler-Brownsville Community.
  • W.W. Law (909 E Bolton St) – The Savannah Sharks and Goodwill Industries in partnership with Eastside Concerned Citizens will provide 200 lunches at 12pm to the Eastside community.
  •  West Broad Y Parking Lot (1110 May Street) – Community members will hand out 200 bagged lunches at 12pm.
  • Carver Village Community Center (925 Collat Ave.) – Second Harvest needs 15-20 volunteers at 9:30am to assist with food distribution.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 –

  • Carver Village Community Center (925 Collat Ave), 12pm to 3pm. Block Party – community clean-up, lunch, and children’s activities. Volunteers are needed for set-up, distribution, clean-up, kids activities, and clean up. No need to sign up, just show up with bags, rakes, chainsaws, etc.
  •  The Dream Campaign (34th and Reynolds) will provide a pancake breakfast from 9am to 11am.
  •  Every day – Second Harvest is in need of volunteers at their main distribution center (2501 E President St.) You may sign up to volunteer for Second Harvest and others at http://www.handsonsavannah.org

The list above was provided to News 3 by Step Up Savannah.

Second Harvest also plans to expand out to other counties, over the weekend, that were also affected by the storm.

“We’ll be sending food for about a thousand families and households in Bulloch county on Saturday we’re going to do a mobile food pantry where we’ll be taking boxes and different products to them on Saturday.”

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