We are a hunger-relief organization that supplies hungry South Georgians
with food - the basic need they have to survive and thrive.
Many South Georgians don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Without this basic necessity, people can't productively work and children
can't learn in school, fueling a vicious cycle.
We are South Georgia’s largest hunger-relief organization, and we confront
hunger in our area in a personal and powerful way each day of the year.
We deliver hope for tomorrow to individuals who need it most. Through a
regionally connected system of member agencies, there is access to food in
every county we serve in South Georgia.
Our organization and our donors are deeply concerned for people who face
hunger each day. Together, we recognize that having a secure source of
food, the most basic of all human needs, is the foundation for believing
tomorrow can be a better day.
Food is more than nourishment for the body; it also strengthens the will to
persevere. By responsibly distributing food to people in need - including
children, the elderly, and the working poor - our organization helps hungr y
South Georgians surpass concerns of basic needs, helping them believe that
tomorrow can be better.
With your support, we will serve the basic needs of today and plan for the
needs of tomorrow. With each meal served, our organization feeds hope for
tomorrow, connecting your community and all of Sout h Georgia in making
a tangible impact on the problem of hunger each and every day.
History of America's Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc.
America's Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc. was founded in 1982 by a
group of local volunteers. The group was lead by a group from local church
congregations that wanted to make it easier for all nonprofits to access food and
services for their programs that served the community. In 1982 the group used the
basement of the Catholic Social Services building to accept the first load of
donated food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
In 1984 the organization then called, The Unity Food Bank, Inc., moved to
the corner of a small warehouse in Downtown Valdosta. From there the
organization continued to grow and moved to the Leila Ellis School building in
1988 under the leadership of Ms. Ethel Greer. In 1990 The Unity Food Bank, Inc.
became a branch of The Food Bank of Coastal Georgia, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia.
The Food Bank of Coastal Georgia, Inc. is an affiliate of the America’s Second
Harvest Food Bank network, the nation’s largest food bank network with over 200
In 1993, under the leadership of William G. Eager, Jr., the current CEO,
Franklin J. Richards II, was hired and began to redevelop the Valdosta Facility. In
1996 the food bank was separated from The Food Bank of Coastal Georgia, and
became The Valdosta Food Bank, Inc. and was recognized as a free standing
Subsidiary Distribution Organization of America’s Second Harvest National. In
1999 The Valdosta Food Bank applied with America’s Second Harvest National to
become the 200th nationally accredited Food Bank in America. In January 2000,
after a perfect inspection with America’s Second Harvest National Staff, The
Valdosta Food Bank, Inc. was accredited as a member of the America’s Second
Harvest Network and became America’s Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc.
America's Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc. now operates a 55,000 sq.
ft. facility in Valdosta and provides food and services to over 366 member
agencies in Lowndes, Brooks, Echols, Thomas, Berrien, Lanier, Cook, Ware,
Atkinson, and Clinch counties in South Georgia. America's Second Harvest of
South Georgia, Inc. annually distributes millions of pounds of food and provides
thousands of meals to the entire South Georgia area.
Food Bank Program - Providing cases of donated food to nonprofit agencies and food banks in Georgia. We annually distribute over 8
million pounds of food each year. This program provides food to over 366 member programs in ten counties. Local agencies access
food by providing a shared maintenance fee up to .19 cents per pound to cover transportation and handling of products. All food is
free to agencies and must be given to end users at no cost. The food bank brings over 14 million dollars a year worth of product to
Product Recovery Program - Cleans and repackages damaged grocery items. We annually save over 2 Million pounds of food from
going into local landfills. The food is used to feed the needy in Georgia.
Kids Café - Provides meals to children through after school feeding programs. We feed 1300 plus children each night at our Kids Cafe
programs in 8 counties.
Agency/Faith Based Services - Helps other charity organizations set up shelters, soup kitchens, and emergency pantries.
Rescue South Georgia - Rescues food from restaurants, deli's, bakeries, and produce marts. This food is recycled into our Kids Cafe
and Soup Kitchen programs.
Educational Programs - Providing children's groups educational material to help eliminate the cycle of hunger in South Georgia.
Community Kitchen – Second Harvest of South Georgia operates a 3,000 sq ft commercial kitchen and produces meals for the Meals
on Wheels Program. The kitchen also performs for profit commercial catering in a venture philanthropy project.
Manna Program- Provides food to low income neighborhood. We provide over 2 million pounds of food to low income areas each
Teachers Harvest-Provides free school supplies to teachers in local school systems. This program works with local companies to
collect excess and used office supplies to help local teachers.
Disaster Services – We provide assistance to local fire, police, city, and county governments in time of need. We MOU’s with FEMA,
Red Cross, and Salvation Army to assist these agencies as well in times of need.
Purchase Program - A service offered to member agencies to help secure products that are not donated on a regular basis. The food
bank buys paper goods, chemical products, and bulk food at whole sale prices to help member agencies save money.
Who Is Second Harvest of South Georgia?
Food Bank – a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization that is
responsible for providing food, supplies, and resources to a
network of local charities. Food Banks belong to the
nationwide network, Feeding America. Food Banks are
assigned a territory in which to operate. In Georgia there
are seven food banks. Food Banks generally don’t provide
food directly to the general public unless working in a
disaster or bulk distribution program. Only certified
member agencies can access food from the Food Bank.
Member agencies contribute a shipping and handling fee
to help cover the cost of moving food from the donors
across the United States to the regional warehouses. The
product is free to member agencies.
Food Pantry – a not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) or religious organization, as
defined by the IRS, that accesses food from the local food bank for the
purposes of providing food to the needy, ill, elderly, and infants in a
community. Food Pantries are not allowed to apply any fees for services
to the end user of product.
Member Agency – an organization that the food bank certifies after
conducting an audit. Member agencies are certified for a period of 12
months and must operate under all polices and procedures of the regional
Food Bank in order to continue to receive food and assistance. Member
agencies must ensure food safety and fair treatment to the end users of
Shared Maintenance Fee – the fee that member agencies contribute to
food banks to help offset the cost of moving food from donors all across
that nation. The average cost in South Georgia is .11 cents per pound on
donated food and .19 cents per pound on purchase product. SMF fees go
toward the operation of the facility and inbound freight costs.
Delivery Fee – the fee that a member agency pay to have food
transported from the regional warehouses to the front door of the agency.
The average fee for this this service is .06 cents per pound. This fee is not
assessed on product if the member agency picks their own food up at a
warehouse. Some agencies need assistance loading product into their
facilities and that service is done at no fee.
Public Health Security & Bioterrorism Preparedness and
Response Act of 2002
A few facts that you should know regarding this Act:
o The Act takes effect December 9, 2005 if you have more than 500 employees, and takes effect June
9, 2006 if you have less than 500 employees.
o That the final rule of the Act excludes lot code tracking.
o The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that it does not need records of food
donated to food banks!
o Food Banks are exempt from tracking. Under the law, they are considered “Consumers.”
The FDA is exempting nonprofit food establishments that prepare or serve food directly to the consumer.
“Nonprofit food establishment'' has been defined to mean:
“A charitable entity that prepares or serves food directly
to the consumer or otherwise provides food or meals for consumption
by humans or animals in the United States. The term includes central
food banks, soup kitchens, and nonprofit food delivery services. To
be considered a nonprofit food establishment, the establishment must
meet the terms of section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue
Code (26 U.S.C. 501(c) (3)).”
Congress gave the FDA the discretion to issue regulations regarding the establishment and maintenance of records under
section 306 of the Bioterrorism Act. Charitable food establishments, such as food banks, stand in place of the consumer, and
the FDA will treat food banks as consumers for purposes of this final rule. Therefore, grocery stores, catering facilities, and
others giving a charitable donation of food to a food bank, soup kitchen, or other similar charitable entity are not required to
keep records of the immediate subsequent recipients of the food, and the charitable food establishment does not need to
keep records of the immediate previous sources of that food or the immediate subsequent recipients of that food.
FDA has determined that it does not need records of food donated to food banks to address credible threats of serious
adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. In the event of a trace back investigation, FDA believes that it
is likely to have the ability to trace the immediate previous source of contaminated food by other means.
How does the final rule impact reclamation centers?
With respect to the “reclamation centers,'' the FDA understands that most reclamation centers are actually owned by the
grocery store or grocery chain. Such reclamation centers will be treated as if they are part of the grocery store and therefore,
must keep the records maintained by the grocery store. For instance, if food from the reclamation center is donated to a food
bank, the exclusion described previously applies (food banks are exempt from tracking). If food is returned to the
manufacturer, or sold to another party (not a consumer), then the reclamation center must keep records of the immediate
subsequent recipients of food, to the extent this information is reasonably available.
Bottom line? With the implementation of this law, donation may be a better option for you and your company as salvage
dealers can no longer purchase from reclaim centers.
Tax Reform Act of 1986
“The Tax Reform Act of 1986 does not substantially impact the computation
of in-kind contributions. However, the new law may substantially increase
the deductible amount of in-kind contributions.
The Tax Reform Act of 1986 changed and expanded the inventory costing
rules. Except for small retailers and wholesalers and certain farmers, all
taxpayers that maintain inventories must now include in their inventory
costing system many expenses that were previously expensed currently. The
effect is that the inventory cost of each inventory item is increased. If the
business doesn’t get the item out of inventory in its taxable year, either by
sale, abandonment or gift, those previously expensed costs that now must be
attributed to inventory won’t reduce the business’ taxable income. So, to the
extent that businesses’ affected by these new costing rules make charitable
donations of inventory, they can effectively get a tax deduction for those
expenses that otherwise would not be currently deductible.
Remember, the corporate donor can take a deduction equal to the cost of
the item plus one half of any appreciation (the price at which the donor
could have sold the property less the cost). However, the deduction for
inventory is also limited to twice the cost of the item. Thus when the new
inventory cost rules increase the cost of an item, they also raise the
limitation on the charitable deduction.
Many tax authorities estimate that the new rules will increase the inventory
costs by 10 to 15%. This means that the ‘twice the cost’ limitation will be
increased 20 to 30%.
Thus, the new tax laws have increased the benefits of donating.
Hours and Contact Information
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Thursday 8:00am till 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am till 1:00pm
Drivers will pick up on all Holidays except
Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day
Will Robinson Vice President of Operations
Toll Free Number: 888-453-4143
Local Number: 229-244-2678
Southern Linc: 888-280-7872
Web Site: www.valdostafoodbank.org
Frank Richards President and CEO
Toll Free Number: 888-453-4143
Local Number: 229-244-2678
Southern Linc: 888-397-0262
Web Site: www.valdostafoodbank.org