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Donations Dip During Summer Months at Local Non-Profits

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As temperatures go up, local non-profits say donations go down.

Organizations like the Salvation Army and the Golden Harvest Food Bank say summer is when the demand is greater but the supply is lower.

Canned goods are flying off the shelves – not at the supermarket – but at local food banks.

"During this summer it is challenging because kids are out of school, and people are on vacations," said Travis McNeal, with the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

To put this into perspective, nearly 17% of Georgia and South Carolina's population fall below the poverty level.

In the CSRA, Columbia County has 8% or about 10,000 people below the poverty line.

Richmond County's is at 24% or about 48,000 people.

And Burke County's is at 29% or about 7,000 people.

"When people give in the CSRA, we're helping those in the CSRA," said Carolann Utley

 

"For every dollar donated, we are able to donate $7 worth of food," said McNeal.

 

If you donate food, make sure you choose healthy items liked baked goods instead of fried foods.

Also, check the expiration date and donate canned food for people not pets.

"We accept all sorts of donations – green beans, rice, and things that don't spoil easily," said 

Utley.

"The Golden Harvest food bank's mission is to end hunger and that means to make sure every person has sufficient food to feed them on any given day," said McNeal.

"In the summer time, really all year long, we are asking for the dollar – the monetary donation," said Utley.

These donations help buy food and pay for gas for the volunteers who have to serve 30 counties.

"It's very important  - it is the right thing to do to look after our neighbors and our friends and family. We shouldn't just take a break during the summer months," said Utley.

The Red Cross says blood donations also drop around 10% during the summer months because students are out for the summer, and people are out on vacation.

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