Category Archives: Volunteer Stories

How You Help Rachel’s Family Eat Healthy

July 23, 2019

3-year-old Reese bounces excitedly when she sees her favorite non-dairy yoghurt at the food pantry. Her mother Rachel smiles. “We are dairy-free, egg-free, and sugar-free,” Rachel explains, “The specialty food items that we need are not in our budget. Reese gets excited when she sees that here.” Rachel helps her 5-year-old son Cody choose a […]

Mobile Food Pantry Drives Away Hunger

July 23, 2019

Every summer, Golden Harvest sees an increase in the number of hungry families in need of help. Summer utility bills are higher, and when children don’t receive free breakfast and lunch at school, it’s hard to make food budgets stretch. This year, the Food Bank reached out to Richmond County Schools with a new plan […]

Washington County Agency Warms Hearts and Fills Pantries

May 20, 2019

On Tuesday, four days before First Love Kids, Inc’s spring food distribution, a Howard Sheppard truck full of food from Golden Harvest Food Bank pulled up to the agency on Hines Street in Sandersville, Ga. On Wednesday, volunteers began building boxes and lining them up on the rows of tables snaking across the agency’s floor. […]

How You Helped Hazel Battle Cancer

May 20, 2019

You can see Hazel’s zest for life clearly reflected in her bright smile, carefully applied makeup and colorful clothing. What’s harder to see is that the 66-year-old resident of Warrenton, GA struggles with hunger since the loss of her son and her cancer diagnosis. “When I came down with cancer my whole world changed,” Hazel […]

FROM TRAVIS’ DESK: PUTTING OUR STRATEGIC PLAN INTO ACTION

January 14, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s a brand new year, and a new chapter for Golden Harvest! I shared with you in August how the Food Bank engaged in a rigorous strategic planning process last summer. Now it’s time to put that plan to work. As members of our Golden Harvest family, I wanted to share our vision […]

How You Help Gloria With Fresh Produce

January 14, 2019

“It’s easy,” Gloria says, launching into a beef, squash and zucchini scramble recipe she says is to die for. “You cut the top and bottom off and slice it long ways, then cut it in chunks and into the frying pan.” Gloria is toting a box of yellow crookneck squash she picked up from Golden […]

Columbia County Pantry Gets Game-Changing Makeover

January 14, 2019

When Evelyn steps into Christ Central food pantry, her face splits into a wide smile as Food Pantry Director Christy Brown greets her by name and folds her into a hug. “This has really helped us a lot. They help with diapers, food…it helps us get by,” she says. Evelyn lives with her husband, son, […]

You Give New Hope To Sally and Her Grandchildren

August 14, 2018

Sally jokes happily with a fellow volunteer as she deftly packs a box of food at Sardis Baptist Church Food Pantry. From her sunny demeanor, you would never guess what her family has been through, or that they will be receiving a food assistance themselves at the end of the day. “This place got us […]

How You Change Lives In Upstate South Carolina

June 1, 2018

It was a typical Tuesday morning in Pickens, S.C., so Johnny Corn shouldered a box to help a young mother at Gleaning House Ministries carry donated cereal, vegetables, bread, meat and other food items to her car. He placed the box in the backseat and saw a small hand reach up to snatch an orange […]

You Provide Rural Children With Weekend Food

June 1, 2018

Brightly colored posters and crayon drawings dot the walls inside Blythe Elementary Principal Pamela Ward’s cozy office. Her voice fills with emotion as she tells stories of the families that struggle with hunger in their rural community of Blythe, GA. “In so many of these families, both parents are working but the money can’t stretch […]