COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. – It’s something so many of us take for granted…a simple snack or meal.
For hundreds of Columbia County students, food provided by Columbia County Community Connections is the only way they are able to eat over the weekend.
Unfortunately, Director Julie Miller says one of the organizations that helps donate food for the Food4Kids program wasn’t able to help this month, leaving the non-profit scrambling to fill 100 bags on their own.
“We just don’t know what’s going to happen after November. So, we want to make sure we are in good shape so we can provide Food4Kids this month, next month and throughout next year,” said Miller.
Miller says that can be costly.
“It’s about $5.00 per bag so if you think about 100 bags per week, it’s about $500 per week and we actually do 600 so think about that. The community putting out 3,000 dollars per week to help families get through those tough times,” said Miller.
Pat Grice is the coordinator for the Food4Kids program. She knows first hand how these bags help students in need.
“This is something that the kids are just overjoyed with…to go to the counselors office or have the teachers put them in their bags to go home on Friday with them,” said Grice.
Sometimes it’s not just for the student.
“I was told by one of the school counselors that one of the children feeds the whole family out of that bag for the weekend,” said Grice.
All the more reason, Miller says, to get these bags to the students who need them.
“I know that the families are grateful, I know the kids are excited to get them. So, it means a lot,” said Miller.
If you’d like more information on how you can donate, call Columbia County Community Connections at (706) 650-5010.
You can also go to the non-profit’s website to donate. Head to http://cccc4kids.org/