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Local food bank prepares for holiday amid growing need

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:18 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - As we get further into fall and approach winter, people without homes face even more challenges. So how are local organizations responding to this increased need?

Golden Harvest Food Bank serves more than 175 partner agencies and supplies food for homeless shelters and soup kitchens. The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen in downtown Augusta is open 365 days a year and will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to feed people in need.

“We’re excited to serve. We’ll probably serve more people than typical on Thanksgiving we get more families on that day,” said Amy Breitmann, president and CEO of Golden Harvest Food Bank.

According to federal statistics, with inflation, the cost of food has increased 5.4 percent since last year. And the impact on grocery bills is apparent at the Master’s Table.

“They already prepared over 30 turkeys,” she said. “And a lot of great side dishes and pies.”

Those sides include dressing, corn casserole and sweet potatoes.

“So the Thanksgiving dinner really takes a couple of weeks to prepare. They started cooking turkeys on Saturdays, so five or six a day, getting those prepared, cut and ready to go,” she said.

Golden Harvest continues to see a growing number of people needing meals for the first time and is providing anyone and everyone with food.

“We’re there 365 days a year and it’s so much more than just a meal it really a place for people to feel like they are part of a family and fellowship,” said Breitmann.

It costs about $300,000 each year to run the soup kitchen and donations and volunteers are needed every day.

The Thanksgiving dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday.

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