The Chamber, TLC, City of Savannah and others partnered with America’s Second Harvest for a mobile food pantry event this morning on River Street for out-of-work tourism and hospitality workers. The first-come, first-served event began at 9 a.m. with cars lined up and waiting for distribution. Recipients remained in their cars while volunteers, including Chamber board chair Jon Pannell, TLC president and CEO Michael Owens, Visit Savannah president Joe Marinelli, area manager for Sage Hospitality Pritpal Singh, general manager of Perry Lane Hotel Matthew Douzuk, executive VP of North Point Hospitality Whip Triplett, and National Guard troops helped to give each vehicle one box of non-perishable food items.
“We are targeting the hospitality and tourism industry that has been recently impacted by the COVID-19 and all the closings of hotels and restaurants. Wanting to reach out to them, they’ve always been supportive of Second Harvest, so we want to reach out to this community and try to make sure that they have access to food and that we’re helping them,” said Mary Jane Crouch, the Chief Executive with America’s Second Harvest.
The Chamber is grateful to America’s Second Harvest, the Georgia National Guard, TLC, the City and all other partners who helped to support Savannah’s friends and neighbors in the tourism community.
America’s Second Harvest plans to hold more drive-through distributions in the coming weeks. Visit their website to stay up to date on when and where events will be hosted.