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Bulloch County Schools’ We CAN Fight Hunger canned food drive

Bulloch County Schools will host its second annual We CAN Help food drive on Nov. 4 – 8, for Bulloch County’s local food banks. The project is in partnership with Woodmen Life’s We CAN Fight Food Insecurity campaign, and in recognition of November being National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month. It will also help provide for families during the upcoming holidays.

Last year the school district collected more than six tons of canned food for the Statesboro Food Bank and the Christian Services Ministries’ food bank.

The school district encourages its employees, student families, and anyone in the community, who would like to assist in this effort, to drop off their canned food donations to the Central Office or one of our participating schools.

Any canned goods are welcome. This is a list of suggested canned goods to collect, and if you’d like to consider healthier food choices, look for items packed in water, low-sodium, or canned in juice rather than light or heavy syrups:

  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruit in juice
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Canned tuna in water, canned chicken, or, other canned meats
  • Canned pasta sauces or spaghetti sauces
  • Canned beef or vegetable broths
  • Canned evaporated milk
  • Canned nuts

Bulloch County Schools thanks Woodmen Life, our local Woodmen Life Chapter 158, and our local food banks for their support to host this drive and for their support of the families we serve. Last year our smallest elementary school, Portal Elementary School, collected the most cans per student and Julia P. Bryant Elementary School had the second-highest collections. Ms. Kimberly Wagoner’s class at William James Middle School was the top-collection class.

What Hunger Looks Like in Georgia

According to Feeding America in Georgia, 1,501,680 people are struggling with hunger – and of them 503,370 are children.

1 in 7 people

struggles with hunger.

1 in 5 children 
struggles with hunger.
People facing hunger in Georgia are estimated to report needing
$749,671,000
more per year to meet their food needs.

The average cost of a meal in Georgia is $2.93. Data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2019 study. Learn more ›

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Georgia

Charitable programs are unable to fully support those struggling with hunger. The combination of charity and government assistance programs are necessary to help bridge the meal gap.

SNAP, formerly food stamps, provides temporary help for people going through hard times – providing supplemental money to buy food until they can get back on their feet.

In Georgia,

45.9% of households receiving SNAP benefits have children
$2,336,788,286 distributed through SNAP generated $3,972,540,086 in economic activity*.

*Economists estimate that every dollar a household redeems through SNAP generates about $1.70 in economic activity.

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