AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– Amy Breitmann is the new Executive Director at the Golden Harvest Food Bank, which serves the hungry in 25 counties across Georgia and South Carolina.
Its food distribution warehouses provide over 13 million meals a year, and here in Augusta, The Master’s Table soup kitchen serves a hot meal 365 days a year to hundreds of the area’s homeless.
Amy is no stranger to non-profits in Augusta. She brings two decades of non-profit leadership experience to this Executive Director position. In fact, I first met Amy when she was the co-founder and Director of Development for the Lydia Project, back when that was starting, and many of you know what wonderful organization that is, providing support services to thousands of cancer patients across the country.
And now she’s the first woman to lead the operation at Golden Harvest Food Bank.
“I mean when you look at the history of Golden Harvest, which is having two Executive Directors over the decades that it’s existed, it really is a calling, it’s much more than just leading an organization. I believe it’s a spiritual calling and I’m just really honored to follow the legacy of Mike and Travis.”
It’s no surprise the food bank and its soup kitchen, The Master’s Table, rely on volunteers.
“Absolutely. It’s the heartbeat of our organization. I think we have about 1100 volunteers a month that volunteer in some capacity, whether it’s at The Master’s Table, the warehouse, or the manna truck. It’s unusual, we as a food bank have our agency, so in addition to the 175 that we’re serving in 25 counties, we got our own place that we’re serving, so we really on about 600 volunteers down there every month, just to make sure that happens, alongside our full-time staff, and another 500 or so that are helping out at our Faith Food Factory, sorting goods that have been donated, or working in the office, or doing manna trucks, and all the things that keep us going.”
Take a look at some of the different ways you can do it. At the Faith Food Factory, which Amy mentioned or serving at The Master’s Table. You can prepare food there or you can be on the serving and clean up staff. To get started, all you need to do is contact the Augusta office at 706 736 1199, or The Master’s Table soup kitchen at 706 722 0607.