One the major priorities is locating additional food for children. Food is extremely expensive for the Food Bank. GNAP or Georgia Nutrition Assistance Program is the supply of food funded by the state of Georgia. MGCFB used GNAP to purchase food distributed to partner agencies across the 24 countries we serve.
GNAP News Story
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Hunger has no face. In Central Georgia, more than 40,000 of the faces dealing with hunger are children who have no idea where their next meal will come from.
“It could happen to me, it could happen to you, anybody could get themselves in a situation where they were food hungry,” said Brev Hunt.
Hunt is the coordinator for the Warner Robins Methodist Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church. He says he saw a need for children who are hungry in the community back when he started working in education over 50 years ago.
“I worked at the Lindsey Elementary school. For seven years I taught 6th grade,” Hunt said. “And then after that I became principal of the same school and I worked there for 30 years as an administrator and then I retired in 1994.”
Now, his church works with the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank to help provide food for those in Warner Robins who may be hungry.
“I always knew when I worked for the school system the needs of my school community,” Hunt said. “But I’ve found there are needs in any area of this town.”
The pantry gets food from federal and state programs. Some food is donated from local people and organizations, and the pantry buys its own food too.
Food from the state is from the Georgia Nutritional Assistance Program, or GNAP. It is only used for food for kids.
If any adult or family that comes in to the church food pantry has children, the church packs up extra food from GNAP for them to take home.
“Warner Robins is no different than the other 24 and we see a high rate of child poverty down that way.”
The food bank has distributed over 2 million meals through GNAP.