The “Daily Food Program” for Families
According to ‘Feeding America’ about 1 in 7 people in Oconee County (and 1 in 4 children) lack access at times to enough food or enough nutritional food for a healthy life. The US census reports about 1 in 5 families with children under the age of 18 in Oconee County are below the poverty level. Unemployment in Oconee County continues to mirror national unemployment rates at over 7%.
Over 4,000 “family” households (i.e. non seniors) are registered at the Golden Corner Food Pantry. The average family household size we see is 2.7 people, including 1.6 adults, 1.1 children under 18, and .1 seniors. About 38% of the family households have at least one employed member, 24% with a family member unemployed but looking for work, and 38% with a family member on or applied for SSI or disability.
We provide families with a cart of food containing canned goods, cereal, pasta, etc; and packages of meat, bread/desserts, fresh vegetables and produce, and dairy products. Thanks to a recent Walmart grant we’ve been able to begin giving milk to families each month as well.
Food Cart for a family of six people
About 20% of registered families regularly need our services and come most months; about 35% only occasionally need our services and come a few times a year; and the remainder (about 40%) only come one or two times and then don’t need (or qualify for) our services anymore.
Typical Food Cart for a family of Four
At the Golden Corner Food Pantry we are focused on providing Nutritional food for our clients. We minimize or avoid ‘junk food’, sodas, excessive sweets. While the exact items will vary from week to week depending on availability and food received from stores, on a typical day recently the food cart for a family of four consisted of:
2 packages of fresh strawberries, 2 heads of fresh lettuce, 2 ears of corn, 1 bell pepper,1 cucumber, 2 lemons/limes,1 bunch of broccoli, 3 tomatoes, 2 apples, 2 oranges,1 cantaloupe
Fresh milk, Container of diced fruit, Pkg. of cheese or yogurt
5 lbs of frozen meat: Chicken, ground beef, hotdogs
5 packages/loaves of rolls/bread,3 desserts
Canned Goods and Staples:
1 box cereal,3 cans soup,1 can tomato sauce,1 can diced tomatoes,2 cans green beans,2 cans corn,1 large can of fruit,3 small cans of fruit,2 cans of misc veggies (carrots, peas, etc),1 jar peanut butter,1 box instant mashed potatoes,1 can of meat,1 box pasta,1 bar soap, 2 rolls toilet paper