The LaGrange chapter of the Feeding the Valley foundation, a food bank that serves several counties in our area, has maintained a busy distribution schedule and continued to receive a steady supply of donations throughout the summer. Even though they adjusted the way they receive and hand out food items, they have not stopped getting the needed items to the families in the three counties they serve.
The main method of distribution for the hundreds of pounds of food given to families in need on a regular basis is now through mobile food pantries. Volunteers pre-pack food boxes according the safety guidelines set forth by Feeding the Valley. Those boxes are then loaded into a mobile food truck and taken to local sites.
Two to three families per vehicle drive through the distribution line and volunteers place the food boxes in the vehicles so no physical contact is necessary.
What’s in a Food Box
In an article recently published by The LaGrange Daily News, Jimmy Pruitt of the LaGrange Feeding the Valley chapter broke down the contents provided in a typical food box. It is usually about 25 to 30 pounds of food. It includes the following: canned goods, rice, beans, 5 lbs. of frozen meat, 5 lbs. of dairy, 3-5 lbs. of produce and occasionally bakery goods. He said on average they provide about 13,000 lbs. of food to the families they serve at each mobile food pantry distribution.
More about Feeding the Valley
The headquarters for Feeding the Valley are in nearby Columbus, GA. The organization partners with more than 275 local agencies. These include churches, nonprofits, afterschool programs, senior centers and more to ensure the food makes to those most in need.
There are three warehouses associated with Feeding the Valley. Those are located in LaGrange, Midland, and Albany. To find out more about who they are, what they do, and how you can help, visit feedingthevalley.org.
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