COLUMBUS, Ga. – Hundreds of area non-profits learned more about how to properly handle the food they give to those who desperately need it.
Feeding the Valley held its annual meeting to teach its clients new rules and guidelines on food safety.
Churches and non-profit organizations are able to shop at the feeding the valley warehouse and pay 19-cents a pound for food.
Some organizations say they couldn’t function without the help of feeding the valley.
Katie Byers with the St. Anne Community Outreach “It costs us $4.93 per person to provide a whole week of groceries. To do that without Feeding the Valley, we would be paying such higher prices than that.”
Feeding the Valley Executive Director Frank Sheppard says, “They all have to go through this annual training to understand changes and requirements that they need to be aware of on how the government programs operate.”
Feeding the valley gets its food from unsold and overage food from many national retailers like Walmart, Target, and Publix.
They also receive their food from local food drives.
One dollar spent at the feedling the valley can provide six meals.