Higher food demands calling for more volunteers at local food banks

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- Golden Harvest is looking for volunteers to help support their in-house food programs geared towards providing easily accessible meals to children and families.

“We’re averaging about 3,200 bags a week,” Volunteer Program Manager Doressa Hawes said.

A Feeding America study shows 44 million Americans face food insecurity. And Golden Harvest Food Bank works throughout the CSRA to help reduce this number, but with the growing demand for food, the nonprofit’s need for volunteers grows as well.

“We have bought the backpack program and the senior box program in house, and because it’s in house, we’re needing at least 40 volunteers a day,” Hawes said.

Among these new programs is the Backpack program that helps children and students have a meal beyond the schoolhouse.

“We provide shelf-stable food for children to take home over the weekend. There’s one in six children in our area who are– experience hungry, hungriness. So, we try and provide that food for them for over the weekend,” Child and Senior Hunger Specialist Tiffany Matthews said.

Tiffany Matthews works directly with the program and tells me the impact this initiative has on these children.

“Because they usually rely on lunches and breakfast from school. So, we just try and help them have food over the weekend.”

Hawes says she’s grateful to have the help of the volunteers and hopes that more people will register to continue supporting children and families throughout the CSRA.

“My heart is overwhelmed, full of joy when I see the volunteers come in to help because we know that they’re helping us to pack food to send home with kids that may not have food for the weekend. It has been a help to our community, it also helps our seniors when they’re packing the senior boxes. It helps those that can’t get out to be able to have food delivered to their homes…”

Those volunteer days and times are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit.

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