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America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia

About Project

America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia

America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia serves a community that faces significant economic and geographic challenges, including a poverty rate of 45.3% and a designation as a USDA-recognized food desert. These impediments lead to more than 114,760 Coastal Georgia residents struggling with food insecurity, which makes affordable access to healthy foods a critical concern for the community. 

The New Markets Tax Credit loan provided by The Innovate Fund will play a vital role in addressing these challenges. By supporting America’s Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission to end hunger, this loan will directly improve the lives of individuals and families within their service area. The new facilities will provide a central location and essential support to more than 230 non-profit agencies in Coastal Georgia. 

The project site also will support Second Harvest’s various community service programs. The expanded square footage and more centralized location will allow Second Harvest to provide meals and boxes of food to more than double their previous number of low-income children through their Kids Cafe program. This new location will also increase services to seniors in hard-to-reach rural areas through the Brown Bag for the Elderly program as well as provide ancillary support to partner agencies that operate in rural communities where hunger relief is limited through the mobile food pantry.

“This development will offer countless opportunities for new and improved ways to reach our service area, expanding our capabilities to provide meals and services to those in need, and host even more volunteers,” Second Harvest Executive Director Mary Jane Crouch said.”

Project Overview

Community Facility


Innovate Fund Allocation


Non-profits Supported

Project Location

Savannah, GA

Community Facilities