Food insecurity is at an all time HIGH in Central Georgia
Food insecurity has increased drastically over the last couple months in Central Georgia. 211 has seen a three time increase in calls from people in need and demand at the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank has skyrocketed. Unemployment rates in Central Georgia have risen from 4.6% in March to 10.5% in April. People are waiting in lines for food who have never found themselves in a position of food insecurity before.
Five local churches, the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund partnered together for a massive food distribution effort Saturday, May 2nd. Volunteers (practicing social distancing), primarily from the participating churches, distributing boxes of food to families in need to help combat the increased food insecurity issues during the COVID-19 crisis. Each of the five distribution locations gave out 500, 5-day supply boxes of food.
The sites that participates were:
Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church: 3 Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church, 268 Avondale Mill Road
World Changers Church: World Changers Church, 630 Wimbish Road
Community Church of God: Community Church of God, 5555 Bethesda Avenue
The Healing Experience Ministries: Central High School, 2155 Napier Avenue
A Kingdom Life; Shurlington Plaza, 1701 Shurling Drive
Volunteers distributed approximately 60,000 meals. It was the area’s largest ever one-day food distribution event, nearly doubling the April food giveaway at the Macon Centerplex.
More food distribution events are being planned in the very near future.