Category Archives: Volunteer Stories

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 […]

You Give Dessie Home-Delivered Groceries

July 13, 2017

84-year- old Dessie smiles warmly from her screened-in porch as she holds open the door. Her small, neat home is filled with pictures of her son and grandchildren. Since her husband – pastor at the local Baptist Church – passed away 11 years ago, Dessie has struggled to make ends meet on her meager income. […]

You Help Stock Food Pantry with Fresh Produce

July 13, 2017

Hundreds of pounds of produce line tables inside the Augusta First Seventh Day Adventist Church food pantry in Martinez, GA. A crowd of guests gathers outside as Jim Herring, church Community Service Director, prepares for opening with the help of his wife Dacra and daughter Kattie. Jim and his family have helped operate the food […]