We found out about you from a lady who was in charge of a food outreach program in a small Baptist Church in Thomaston, GA and were pleased to find you, and join your fight against hunger in April.    We have 5 people in our group that go out into the community and share the products we pick up from you every week.

My neighbor and I had been looking for a food bank for some time.  Each week we reach out to as many as 8 to 10 families, as well as  some of our group that need a little help, with the food you provide.   Please feel free to provide my  eamil and phone number  to anyone who might want to contact me for validation or hear more about what we do with our gifts each week.  Blessings to all, Jerry & Kate Marston

QUOTES FROM PARTNERS:

"I share with a lady who is a true tool  of God.  He has put us together to reach out and provide prodoucts to the community such as a local church that prepares food for children who would not eat.  She helps make it possible for them to give the children at least one meal a day.  She shares with a home that helps mentally challenged adults and they do not have the means to always provide what they need.  Because of her they have produce, meat, drinks,, snacks  and other products they do not often have available.  We reach a family that lives on a very small incomem from Social Security.  This is only a sample of the blessings we are able to bestow to individuals and families in need each week."

 

" I help supplement a family  that runs out of food and does not qualify for food stamps.  Without the products we pick up each week from GAFRC they would go hungry until their check comes in the first of the month."

 

"Among the people I help is a neighbor who has 8 children and there is 2 adults in the home.  They have told me they do not know what they would do if it were not for me sharing my products from GAFRC each week."

 

"I helped a neighbor who has throat cancer and when we were blessed with strawberries I shared them with him.  They were so grateful because I found out all he can have is smoothies.  God is Good!"

 

Each story comes with gratitude for the staff, and volunteers of GAFRC who work so hard  to make this possible and most of all the donors who is the heart of it all.   They, as well as GAFRC, cannot thank you, the donors, enough for what you do.

 

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One family our group helps is a nurse and her husband is a police officer.  He had COVID in July 2020 and has been in the hospital since, and they will not let him come home.  They have 3 boys.  She struggles every week to make ends meet and sometimes don't have enough food, expecially for extras, like snacks.

 

This same group goes to a homeless place near her home called tent city and shares food there.  Their eyes light up and shine when they see her coming because they know they will have food.

 

Her church cooks and feed the homeless twice a week and she helps supplelment their pantry in order to make this possible.  

 

Another family she helps is a grandmother who took her 4 grandchildren in.   Her situation is dire at the moment, she has no gas to cook with so they have to use wood, which some of the neighbors provide.   Our partner almost comes to tears when she sees the children's faces light up when they see her coming.  

 

She also spoke of our awesome volunteers and how they make her smile when she comes.  Even if she isn't smiling when she arrives she leaves with a lighter heart and a smile.  That is a two way street, we are so blessed to share our mission with people like her and her husband.  It is a lot of work but so rewarding it makes it all worthwhile.

 

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One of our groups shared how they impacted families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.  "We've helped many families with their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  One of the families have 6 kids ages 2 months - 14 years old.  The husband has been out of work and the mother stays home with the children when he does work. 

 

We also help families in a low income housing community.  If they don't use all we give them they pass it on to another family, 

where they live. that needs help.  The gratitude of the families we help just makes us want to help all we can.  

 

At Christmas, my daughters, son-in-law & granddaughters were able to take presents and a meal I cooked from food that was from GAFRC on Christmas Day.  My family received a blessing from being able to bless a family in need.  

 

 

What our friends say about us...

O K. and T.-

 

I seriously do not have the adequate words to thank you both for what you did today! I am blown away at how amazing God is. I just wanted to send y'all an update--

 

J.- single mom of two girls ages 4 and 6
S.- single mom of a 2 year old little girl
A.- single mom of two boys ages 4 and 7
M.- single mom of a 4 year old little girl and 7 month old little boy

 

They were all just about in tears. All of those ladies are moms whose husbands literally woke up one day and just walked out on their family. Some of them work two or three jobs, some make too much to qualify for food stamps yet too little to adequately provide as a single parent, and some of them do get help from outside resources yet it's still not enough to make ends meet. They would never be the types to reach out and ask for help. I literally called each one of them and said "hey I'm coming over with some food!” They are the SWEETEST ladies I have ever met. The moms of older kids said that with all the money they have recently spent getting their kids ready for school; this could not have come at a more perfect time. Angelica said that earlier today one of her boys was asking for pineapple, which they don't have, and y'all gave me/them pineapple! Totally GOD!

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I want to help in any way I can. I love this mission. Even if we're just helping sort food or delivering, I would love to help! Not to mention that our daughter, Abby, would be perfectly content pitching a tent in your yard and moving in ;) She cried the whole way home because she didn't want to leave! Anyway, I just wanted to thank y'all and let y'all know how much the food was appreciated!  

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You have the most wonderful volunteers and staff.  When we pick up no matter how bad we may feel when we arrive we drive away with a smile and a lighter heart just from the warm and friendly reception we get each week.

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To All Who Work To Make GAFRC. work:

 

We may not be your typical member family, so I want to acquaint you with us. My husband and I brought up four birth children who are all married now, and we have adopted eight special-needs children. Seven of the children are from poor formerly-Soviet-bloc-country orphanages.  We have spent our own money to adopt and care for these children and sometimes finances are a bit tight.  My grocery, medical, transportation, and utility bills are unusually high; the children have nutritional deficiencies that must be addressed and made up for (they are very hungry!), and we have provided for fifteen surgeries among the various children in the past nine years.  The children have all come to us with mouths full of cavities, un-addressed medical needs, and serious deficiencies in their ability to function in a family, and none of them had anything at all.  While they are not intentionally destructive, the fact that they had never lived in a proper home, nor had to take care of anything resulted in repeated breakage of such household items as the stove, ovens, furniture, their clothing & shoes, lawn mowers, their bicycles and toys- everything we own and everything we have purchased for them has had to be replaced multiple times, though sometimes we just have to do without when things are broken or destroyed, or simply used up.

 

GAFRC provides a much needed boost to our grocery supplies to feed our hungry children.  I do not know how we would manage in this changing economy without it. 

 

I do not consider GAFRC. to be welfare; it is not tax-payer-funded, and it is totally voluntary for all of us. I DO consider it to be a useful and very helpful means for extending the use of our budgeted funds for groceries while we have this extra burden of caring for and feeding a large family of once-orphaned children who would be without a family if we could not find a way to make them a part of ours.

 

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bret Smith, Birdie Community Outreach

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