Rotary members from the South Hall and Braselton clubs joined together on Wednesday, August 5th in the front parking area of Michelin Speedway Road Atlanta to distribute fresh produce to numerous local non-profits from the Farmers to Families Food Box program.
While doing their best to follow social-distancing and health guidelines, they wanted to be able to directly impact the families in our community that are struggling the most with food insecurity.
“As Rotary leaders in our community, we had a unique opportunity to make a significant impact in a very short amount of time through our Rotary District team to secure a 52’ trailer full of food a significant discount and then pass it along to the numerous organizations that we work with regularly to tackle the large food insecurity issues in our area,” said Amanda Groover, president of the South Hall Rotary.
Rotary members are taking action to provide support to numerous non-profits who help families with food insecurity. During yesterday’s event, 1680 cases of produce were distributed to over ten organizations that will serve families in Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Braselton, Jefferson, and Winder. The boxes contained a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables not just shelf stable options to the families they are serving.
In the face of uncertainty with COVID-19, there are many families who are suddenly faced with not knowing where their next meal will come from and depend on these types of opportunities. It has placed an enormous strain on the facilities that were already serving so many prior to the crisis.
South Hall Club member Renee Carden was blessed to pick up and take 42 cases of produce to offer to the families in the Chicopee community. “We quickly provided 42 cases and could have given away so many more” stated Carden.
Produce was provided free of charge to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, IServe Ministries, Family Promise of Hall County, Bridge the City, North Gwinnett Co-op, Georgia Piedmont YMCA, Hoschton Food Bank, Red Wine Methodist Food Bank, Celebration Church, Chicopee Community, The Way Up and the UNG Food Pantry during the event.
“We could not have pulled this event off in less than three weeks without the help of partnering with the Braselton Rotary and in-kind donations from Michelin Speedway Road Atlanta and North Georgia Rentals,” stated Groover. We hope that the families who receive the food are as blessed as we are to do the footwork to make this possible.