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Summer 2013 Number 102

Feedback Sessions Rock This Town Feedback Sessions are a exclusive concert series, with a limited amount of invitations sent to the public, to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank’s feeding programs. This is an acoustic music series that has a roster that can include everything from Country to Top 40 to Classical. The first Feedback Session was graciously co-sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. David Knox and Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Marcus at the River Island Clubhouse in Evans, Georgia.

James Otto singing “Just Got Started Lovin You,” unplugged. Otto began his career on Mercury Nashville Records in 2002.

Picture this: A soft breeze blows across your face as you enjoy some sweet ice tea. You and 149 other people are on someone’s backyard deck, and in walks a Top 40 guest artist who you’ve seen on the television. They proceed to sit down right in front of you and start singing familiar songs – unplugged. You sit back and laugh at the personal stories about how this artist found inspiration to that catchy tune. They proceed to talk about their family, life – and you’re astonished how down to earth they are. Well, this is exactly what happened on May 1, 2013 as this marked the first ever Feedback Session for Golden Harvest Food Bank.

This music series is an extraordinary listening experience because it allows listeners to be up close and personal with the guest artist as they sing, do some storytelling, and share a joke or two. The first Feedback Session featured guest artists James Otto and Patrick Davis. The evening included dinner, drinks, and a silent auction. James Otto serenaded the audience with country chart topping hits such as, “Just Got Started Lovin You,” “In Color,” and “No Hurry.” Otto even shared a couple of songs that didn’t appear on any of his previous albums. Davis, a singer and songwriter, also performed number one hits that that he wrote for recording artists such as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Jason Michael Carroll – just to name a few. Keep checking our website to find out when, where, and who the next guest artist is and purchase your tickets quickly before we sell out. We hear that the next guest artist might be a little bit of rock n’ roll. Stay tuned!

In This Issue: A Message from our Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Rock-n-Glow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2nd Annual GA Legal Food Frenzy . . . . . . . . . . 5 Remembering Barry Forde

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Elanco Gives TLC to Masters Table Garden . . 11 Upcoming Events

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Patrick Davis (left) and James Otto (center) share funny stories with guests at the inaugural feedback session. This is a fundraiser in which Golden Harvest hopes to not only to raise money but raise awareness of hunger in the CSRA.

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Board of Directors FY 2013

From the Executive Director In Georgia, those counties are Burke and Emmanuel with childhood hunger percentages that range from 30% – 32%. In South Carolina, the counties Barnwell and Allendale have a 32% - 34% in childhood hunger, some of the highest in the country.

OFFICERS Carol Ann Snyder Chair Community Volunteer Will Rogers Vice Chair Ameriprise Financial Services John A. Collins Tresurer E-Z-GO A Textron Company Linda D. Wier Secretary Community Volunteer Wayne Wallace Immediate Past Chair Augusta Coating & Manufacturing Co.

MEMBERS William H. Barrett, Jr. Barrett Holdings Monique J. Bowen Georgia Bank & Trust Co. Todd D. Brown R.D. Brown Contractors, Inc. Philip A. Gaffney Gaffney Management Services, LLC Robert C. Hagler Fulcher Hagler, LLP/Partner William J. Keogh, III Hull Barrett, PC Travis McNeal Executive Director Golden Harvest Food Bank Jeffery Miller Club Car John Price Fulcher Hagler, LLP Bob Richards, Sr. Bob Richards Auto Group Robert Rollings Shannon Rollings Real Estate, LLC Beatrice T. Sanders Concerned Women, Inc. Terry Smith Community Volunteer Beth Storey Community Volunteer Ben Wigington Community Volunteer

Summer 2013

As the school year draws to a close, the last bell of the year may cause more stress than summer celebration to children in our area. For many, the beginning of summer vacation is void of relaxation and replaced with anxiety. Over the next two and a half months, there will be an absence of the daily nutritious meals from schools and caring teachers. At Golden Harvest Food Bank, we focus upon the importance of “Faith, Food, Funds, Friends, and Fun”. This quarter I’m pleading with you to help our pantries make a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of children. Throughout our thirty county service area, we have four counties in particular that deal with serious childhood hunger.

When we work together, we will be able to make a significant impact upon the lives of hundreds of children. You can make a difference this summer by making a donation. I invite you to use the enclosed envelope or you can visit our newly redesigned website at goldenhavest. org. I am always encouraged and reminded of the great hope that comes from God. May that hope uplift us and help sustain those who desperately need it this summer. For more information about Golden Harvest Food Bank please visit our website at Making a difference this summer,

Travis W. McNeal Executive Director

---------- Legacy Gift ---------Want to leave a legacy to feed the hungry?

Contact Derek Dugan, Community Relations Director, at 706-736-1199 ext.232 to learn how you can continue caring for the hungry even after you pass away. By leaving a legacy gift you’ll be able to carry on the good work you’ve begun!

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Aiken’s Rock -n- Glow A steady rain, chilly weather and some strong breezes were no match for the spirit of nearly 200 runners, dressed in festive running outfits that lit up the night. Some ran, some walked, but all rocked out the evening in support of Golden Harvest Food Bank. Thank you to our title sponsor, UPS, who continues to be a supporter of Golden Harvest Food Bank. Their generosity will help to fund the BackPack Program, which provides weekend meals for at-risk children in schools. The race was overseen by Charles McKeel and the Aiken Running Club. Many dedicated volunteers gave their time and energy to help put on what we hope is the first of many fun Rock-n-Glow 5K nights.

Golden Harvest Food Bank held its inaugural Rock-n-Glow 5K in Aiken on May 4.

In addition to the 5K race, a kid’s 1.6k race was held. There were also raffle drawings for a variety of great prizes. DJ Tom Mitchell was present and filled the air with great tunes that inspired runners to even do some line dancing after the race. All runners in this years race received a T-shirt and other goodies for participting. Plans are already underway for the second Rock-nGlow, so stay posted to our website and our facebook page for news and announcements.

Runners line up at the start line dressed in their bright clothing and glow gear.

Golden Harvest Food Bank - Aiken Community Garden Project The City of Aiken’s Succession Management Class of 2012-2013 partnered with Golden Harvest Food Bank for construction of a larger community garden. Our current garden located at the Aiken Distribution Center is already producing fresh vegetables and ready to help feed the hungry in our area.

A garden is springing to life at the Aiken warehouse.

a state wide childhood obesity prevention program is also a partner in this project in hopes that children in low-income homes will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Other local businesses and members of the community can become general sponsors with monetary or in-kind donations. Organizations can also become Cold Creek Nurseries also worked garden plot sponsors if they would like to with City of Aiken employees to create plant and care for a specific plot. and plant 12 large beds to fill with Anyone of course, can become a everything from peppers to tomatoes to garden volunteer by donating a few hours eggplants. The garden fresh vegetables per week, month or year for the care will be distributed to our local partner and maintenance of the garden. If you agencies. are interested in helping with the garden Dr. John Tiffany is a proud sponsor please contact our Aiken Distribution of the community garden which will Center at 803-642-2912. promote healthy eating for children in order to prevent childhood obesity. Eat Smart, Move More, of South Carolina is

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BackPacks Needed in Anderson, SC The Anderson county BackPack program has been a huge success for the Upstate area this quarter. So far Golden Harvest’s Upstate Distribution Center has been in contact with 20 schools. “All of the schools have been extremely helpful and have been an incredibly easy to work with,” said Elizabeth McElroy, Upstate District Manager. Recently, our Upstate Distribution Center received an award from the Anderson County School System of District 5, for their efforts in assisting with the BackPack Program this year. Working in partnership with both United Way and the Salvation Army, Golden Harvest is determined to see that

every child in need receives a backpack throughout the school year. “As we’ve become more involved in the school system of we’ve discovered that there are more students than we have BackPacks to give,” said McElroy.

would like to donate to this great program, please visit our website and click on the donate button in the top right corner and look for the Anderson BackPack Campaign. As the summer lingers on please consider helping Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Currently, the BackPack program provides nearly 2,500 children whom are at–risk of hunger with a supply of nutritious food for the weekend in Georgia and South Carolina. BackPack sites are in constant need of funding and volunteers. BackPacks cost $5 a week per student, which costs a total of $180 for the entire school year. If you

According to the 2010 census, there are 187,126 people that reside in Anderson county. 25% are under the age of 18 yrs.

Going the Extra Mile Everyday

David Normand standing by his handywork. Normand went above and beyond regular job tasks to repair one of the food trucks.

The Salvation Army and United Way are joining Golden Harvest to take the lead to increase backpacks for the children in Anderson County.

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Summer 2013

Walmart Hunger Challenge

Augusta and the CSRA truly knows how to rally for a cause and the Walmart/ Facebook Challenge was no exception. In the on-line voting contest taking place over the month of April, Golden Harvest Food Bank started slow, not in contention for the grant leading in to the last week of the month. However, as we’ve seen countless times, everyone came together for the food bank, with Golden Harvest finishing in thirteenth place to be one of the top forty food banks in the United States receiving a $45,000 grant to go towards youth feeding program. In this national contest, 302 food banks including Golden Harvest participated in the challenge this year. Thank you for making this a reality. Golden Harvest will use the $45,000 for their BackPack Program. Each BackPack costs $5 per weekend; $180 for the 36-week school year. Donations to the BackPack Program are extremely a important source of funding and because of your votes we received a $45,000 donation. The grant money will provide 9,000 BackPacks to local children in the Central Savannah River Area, weighing 3 pounds each, meaning over 27,000 pounds of food will be provided to hungry children in our area. Golden Harvest began the contest in 62nd place and struggled to obtain votes during Masters week, moving to 58th place half way through the month. With less than one week left though, Augusta really came together and roared from 48th to 13th place securing the win last night with 3,314 votes. “We are truly thankful to all the community members that participated in the Wal-Mart Fighting Hunger Facebook Challenge. This was very much a community effort in that those who didn’t have Facebook accounts encouraged those who did, to vote every day,” said Travis McNeal, Executive Director for Golden Harvest.

Augusta Attorney Wins Small Division Title at Law collecting the equivalent of 22,382 pounds of food, for small/medium firm, Nathan M. Jolles, P.C., collecting 7,093 pounds and for the sole proprietor division, a tie between the Law Office of Marty Puetz and The Honorable Judge James G. Blanchard collecting 1,000 pounds.

Attorney General Sam Olens presenting Nathan M. Jolles, P.C. the Georgia award for state winner in the Small Firm Division for Per Capita and Total Acutal Pounds. Jolles collected over 7,000 pounds.

A total of 26 firms and legal organizations participated in Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. For the second year in a row, Attorney General, Sam Olens asked Georgia lawyers to challenge each other outside the courtroom during the statewide food drive benefiting the State’s seven regional food banks. Augusta law firms collected a total of 852 pounds of food and $15,184.43, which is the equivalent 61,590 pounds of food. In Augusta, the following law firms won first place in their division. The winner for large firm is Fulcher Hagler Attorneys

Nathan Jolles is also the winner for the small firm division for the state of Georgia. Mr. Jolles attended the award ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on June 12th to accept his award from Attorney General Sam Olens. “This is an enormous difference compared to last year’s collection – a 43% increase. We hope to have more firms participate next year,” said Carolann Utley, Communications Manager for Golden Harvest Food Bank. The Augusta division won three awards this year, Small Firm Per Capita and Total Pounds, and Most Participating Law Firms. “It’s a way for those of us in the legal profession to give back to the community and help families in need,” said Amanda Heath, assistant district attorney in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Olens announced that the Georgia legal community raised the equivalent of 842,317 pounds of food during the 2013 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a 38% increase from last year.

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Remembering I

the dignity of each person suffering from hunger. Barry heard a voice from heaven say, write this: “Blessed witnessed God’s love building bridges between those who are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” said serve and those who suffer, bringing unity and creating a the Spirit, “let them find rest from their labors, for their community of people from all walks of life. works accompany them.” Revelation 14:13 Barry relied on the power of prayer to overcome challenges On May 21, 2013, devoted servant Barry Forde died facing Golden Harvest. When faced with a budget crisis, after a sudden and brief illness after serving the poor with complicated personnel issue, or major decision, he would Golden Harvest Food Bank for 30 years. A man of deep always pray and seek the assistance and guidance of the and concrete faith, Barry grounded his work with Golden Holy Spirit. An example of faithfulness, he prayed daily Harvest in his sincere love of God and profound love of with Executive Director Mike Firmin and other members of the staff for decades. neighbor. Barry filled many roles in 30 years like truck driver, bookkeeper, warehouse manager, government liaison, and ultimately Associate Director, demonstrating his willingness to do whatever it took to feed the hungry. The Gospel of Jesus Christ provided the wellspring of Barry’s humility and diligence. He did not see himself as merely a distributor of food, but as an ambassador for Jesus, equipping missionaries to minister to the poor for the love of God. His notion of charity was not simply providing for physical needs, but doing so with love and tenderness for

God repeatedly answered his prayers for Golden Harvest, often in spectacular and surprising ways. Barry will be sorely missed for his faith, love, good humor, brilliance, hard work, and devotion to the hungry. He has left us too soon, but we are confident that our brief separation will end in the Glory of God’s Eternal Kingdom. Eternal rest, grant to him, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him.

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Summer 2013

UPS Foundation presents $5,000 for their sponsorship of the Rock-n-Glow event. This will go towards the BackPack Program in Aiken.

Bob Richards Toyota (North Augusta) check presentation of $10,000 (left to right) Bob Richards, Jr., Travis McNeal, Jeffery Richards.

Golden Harvest Food Bank receives $5,000 grant from Coviden to assist the Senior Food Box Program.

Golden Harvest Food Bank day at Greenjackets baseball game. Check presentation of $500 from Fifth Third Bank.

Golden Harvest receives Legacy Gift from donor Ms. Cora Owens. Pictured is Rena Mobley, executor of Ms. Owens estate.

DSM Chemicals employees present 261 pounds of food and $645 collected by employees.

Augusta Sticky Fingers restaurant presents $500 to Golden Harvest in celebration of their 20 year anniversary.

Rally at the South Carolina Capitol steps for senior food programs.

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Summer 2013

Stamping Out Hunger Letter Carriers in the CSRA delivered more than the mail, they delivered non-perishable donations to Golden Harvest Food Bank and other local food pantries. Now in its 21st year, the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive continues to grow. Because of these generous donations, Golden Harvest Food Bank is able to provide over 134,167 meals to those in need in the CSRA. “The results are amazing and I want to thank the CSRA Letter Carriers for all their hard work to make this drive so successful” said Carrie Jones, Events Manager at Golden Harvest Food Bank. “This food drive helps Golden Harvest Food Bank be more prepared for our busy summer season.”

Notes left by people in the CSRA that participated in this years, NALC -Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

If you missed donating food items to the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive you can still help. Make an online donation to our NALC virtual food drive on our website at www.goldenharvest. org/nalc. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held on the second Saturday in May, and has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefitting local food banks and Feeding America - the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2012, generous Americans donated 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected by letter carriers.

Food For Fines

This year all Richmond County libraries participated in the Food for Fines food drive. Any library card holders could eliminate some or all of their library fines that have been accumulated over the years by donating canned goods to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank. One canned good or non-perishable food item is equivilent to $0.50 worth of a library fine. The Food for Fines food drive was held for one week and the total amount of food collected was 319 pounds. Thank you to all those who participated. What a great way to give back to the community and take care of some library fines at the same time! Check our website and Facebook page for more opportunities to donate food in participating food drives.

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Summer 2013

Volunteer Spotlight: Edna Roper Edna Roper has been volunteering at the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen for more than two years. To the delight of more than 300 daily guests, she creates beautiful custom centerpieces for our 19 indoor dining tables every month, free of charge. Each centerpiece is different from the next, and often reflects the corresponding season or holiday at hand. In October of last year, Ms. Roper designed and crafted more than 20 witch hat centerpieces complete with spiders, cobwebs, and spooky owls. “First, I have to admit that I was not a willing volunteer at The Master’s Table. I was mightily encouraged by Travis McNeal to help at their new location. I did not know what The Master’s Table was, but since it was Travis asking (insisting), I decided to go give it a try. I was amazed!” From the first day she volunteered, after meeting the staff – Marilyn, Torri and others – and after delivering food trays to the guests, she knew they had her heart. Sounds like a line out of a movie, but it is true. She has come to love it when a guest she have greeted for months will finally speak to me. She have learned so much just from observing them. “We never really know what is going on in the hearts and minds of others, but it makes my heart rejoice to work with these people and to see a smile on their faces.” says Roper. At some point in time, I decided that those tablecloths needed a little help, so with permission from staff and help from friends, I started making centerpieces for them. I am a nurse and certainly not a decorator, but I have had a grand time keeping something in the center of those tablecloths. I know it probably means little to our guests, but occasionally one of them will say “Thank you, Mrs. Edna” and that is all that is needed for me to know that such little things can mean something to those who have so little. “I love the Lord, I love these people and I am so grateful that this challenge was put into my life. I pray for our guests and for the wonderful staff at The Master’s Table. Surely this is what God wants us to do and I have so much respect for those who work every day at The Master’s Table and make it a secure and God-filled place to be. I thank God for placing me there and the opportunity to just say “hello” to those who are in need of help from The Master’s Table and from Him.”

A beautiful Easter themed centerpiece on the tables in the dining area for the month of March.

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Adopt-A-Lunch Program

Richmond County Sheriff’s Department “Adopt-A-Lunch” at Golden Harvest’s Master’s Table Soup Kitchen. The average cost to run a soup kitchen for one day is $640. Any company can be a part of our “Adopt-a-Lunch” program. Call Chris Turner at 706-736-1199 ext. 233 to sign up today.

Their day began at 8:30 in the morning at the Masters Table Soup Kitchen. On March 28, 2013, 15 law enforcement officers, and administrative staff including Sheriff Richard Roundtree participated in Golden Harvest Food Bank’s Adopt-ALunch program. As volunteers, their tasks for the day were to prepare, cook, and serve the meals and clean up. Not only did the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department do all of the above but they also serenaded guests with music on an acoustic guitar! The Richmond County Sheriff’s Department has already signed up for another Adopt-A-Lunch and plans to continue serving the hungry. It is our hope that their leadership inspires other groups to adopt a lunch at the Masters Table Soup Kitchen. Visit our website at to sign up your group today.

Elanco Gives TLC to Master’s Table Garden

Could there be a more harmonious partnership than one with Golden Harvest Food Bank and Elanco? Elanco is a global health company and ultimately, Golden Harvest Food Bank benefits from Elanco’s work and technology. This is reflected in the vision shared by Elanco’s more than 2,500 employees: food and companionship enriching life. In late March, Elanco donated $12,000 and a team of volunteers. Of the $12,000 donated, $10,000 went towards the sponsorship and maintanance of the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen garden and $2,000 went to the BackPack program. The concept of the garden is to provide fresh, produce to make healthy and nutrious meals for the hungry in our area. The next day the volunteers came back to the garden to provide some tender, love and care for the once 32, now 40 bed garden. Thank you to Elanco and their employees for your efforts and amazing work in the technology field to ensure our gardens grow to their fullest potential. For more information on Elanco’s technology, innovations, and social causes please visit

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