Mobile Pantry for Jones County


             

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Mobile Pantry for Jones County, Georgia

Central Baptist Association and System Administrative Services, LLC has partnered with Middle Georgia Community Food Bank to operate a mobile food pantry for Jones County.

"The Seekers" Mobile Pantry is a concept developed to facilitate the distribution of food boxes to families with children in the more rural, underserved communities in the operational area of the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.  The target population is families with children as defined by the policies and guidelines for the distribution of food under SNAP (State Nutrition Assistance Program).

First Baptist Church of Gray, 134 W. Clinton Street, has approved the use of their North parking lot for the mobile pantry food boxes to be distributed.  Once a month, the families who have enrolled and meet the income for the size of the family can pick up a Box of Food on our distribution date.  A simple form is required to sign up, asking for name, address, number of people in household and telephone number. Proof of mailing address and child or children in the home is required.

Please see the income table listed below for the monthly and weekly income for each family size. If your household income is at or below the income listed for the number of people in your household, you are eligible to receive food if you have a child or children in the home.

In accordance with federal and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The Central Baptist Association has named their group "The Seekers" from Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you." "Seekers" were also a 17th century British religious group who searched to help people.  A seeker also means a "Convinced friend."  "We are seeking Jones County as friends to help families with children have food," says Sandra Hammack, Director of Mobile Pantry Jones County.

If you qualify and would like to sign up, request a form by writing to Mobile Pantry  Jones County, Attn: Chris Johnson, P.O. Box 29; Macon, Georgia 31202 or call (478) 314-4460 for more information.

        APPLICATION 

To apply for the program please see the income chart below to see if you qualify.  On our distribution date bring, proof of child or children in the home, proof of mailing address and income.  These documents will be returned to you that same day.  A simple form will be given to you to fill out to enroll and if you qualify a monthly eligibility card will be given to you that day.  Distribution location: First Baptist Church of Gray; 134 W. Clinton Street; Gray (across from the courthouse) North side of the church. Parking, line up, on the back side of the church off Dolly Street in the church parking lot.  Distribution times: 1:00pm - 4:30pm.  We receive only one refrigerated truck of food once a month. Limit - One Box per address regardless of number in the home.

TABLE SHOWING INCOME LIMIT FOR FAMILY SIZE

The chart below shows monthly income for the family size. If your household income is at or below the income listed for the number of people in your household, you are eligible to receive a box of food monthly.   You must have a child or children in the home.


Household Size.. Monthly Income ........ or ...... Weekly Income

2 .................... $1760................................ $406

3 .................... $2213 ............................... $511

4 .................... $2665 ............................... $615

5 .................... $3118 ............................... $720

6 .................... $3571 ............................... $824

7 .................... $4024 ............................... $929

8 .................... $4477 ............................... $1033

Each additional child add $451 monthly or add $104 weekly to the last totals above.

Effected: October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018


If you live in Jones County, Georgia, child or children in the home, you are at or below the income listed and would like to sign up, request a form by writing to Mobile Pantry Jones County, P.O. Box 29, Macon, GA 31202-0029 or call 478.314.4460. If you call this number please leave your name, mailing address and a telephone number.

The above Video explains How A Food Bank operates.




 The face of hunger is changing in Georgia

20% of Georgians – nearly 1 in 5 Georgians – are food insecure (struggling with hunger), well above the national average.

28.8% of children in Georgia  - 1 in 4 children – live in food insecure households.  This means that more than 700,000 children in Georgia have been hungry without access to food in one of the the wealthiest nations in the world.

39% of food insecure children in Georgia live in households above 185% of poverty and likely ineligible for any federal food nutrition programs.  These are the children of working families.  The term “working poor” is a reality in today’s economy.

Unemployment and underemployment are driving the increase in demand for food in Georgia, with 27% of people served by partner agencies reporting they are seeking help for the first time in their lives.

Seniors with special dietary needs and larger households due to the economic distress of family members are increasingly turning to food pantries for help.

Hunger in Georgia is not limited to the homeless and unemployed.  Working families are struggling as well.  You can help.

Learn more at Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap site.

Donate time, food and funds to the regional food bank serving your county.

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