Fresh Food Fair
Tessa never thought that her family would need the services of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, but since her husband was seriously injured in an auto accident she has found that being able to access mobile pantries has kept her pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy food for her and her 3 children.
Last week, she was able to pick up food from the 1st annual Fresh Food Fair hosted by the Food Bank, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and Piggly Wiggly.
“There was so much community support for this idea”, says Tai Sherman, who helped organize the event and works at the Food Bank. “We had community partners there from the Athens Nurses Clinic, The American Cancer Society, and Safe-link Wireless. The Health Department performed over 50 HIV screenings- It truly was a great way for us to get fresh produce and other vital servies to so many people.” The Fresh Food Fair was held at the Athens Plaza Shopping Center. Foodbank staff and volunteers watched 415 families in need wait patiently in line for hours for their share of food.
Some families lined up as early as 4:30 a.m., knowing the Food Bank truck wouldn’t arrive with food for hours, they waited without complaint.
This is a testament to how much these families truly need the food.
By 11a.m. the 14,000 pounds of food that was delivered to the distribution site was gone, divided up amongst the families Along with 7,200 diapers provided by the Athens Area Diaper Drive. 481 children under the age of 18 were served and 105 senior citizen 65 and over left with fresh produce including, cabbages, onions, tomatoes, carrots, mangoes, limes and bagged salad .
Tessa expressed gratitude for the food, and said without it, they would not have enough to eat. She also appreciated the fun atmosphere of the event which included live music from WXAG 92.7 and free grilled hot dogs from Piggly Wiggly. “Even though I’ve been here for a long time, I can think of a lot worse ways to spend a Saturday morning,” said Tessa.