DJJ CARES: COLQUITT COUNTY CSO FOOD BANK PROJECT
Braving the cold while sorting cans are Community Service Volunteers/youths Gabriel Garza, Austin Barfield, Joseph Phillips, James Montgomery, Preston Lamb, Judarious Andrews, Tykerrious Gamble, and Licha Antonio
On January 18, 2014, nine youth from the Colquitt County Court Services Office (Colquitt CSO) participated in a Service Learning Project (SLP) at the Colquitt County Food Bank in Moultrie, Georgia. The Colquitt youth spent the majority of time during the SLP sorting large bins of canned food gathered during the Holiday Season from the larger Colquitt County community.
Going through the first bin of food are volunteers Austin Barfield, Licha Antonio, Judarious Andrews, Joseph Phillips, and Tykerrious Gamble.
During the volunteer outing, the participating youth got to meet and hear an orientation from Andrew Christensen, head of the Colquitt County Food Bank. Mr. Christensen gave a wonderful overview of the history of the Food Bank, the purpose of providing food to the needy in the community, and a logistical background on how food is gathered and dispensed across the area.
From left to right on the front row: Tykerrious Gamble, Israel Perez, Gabriel Garza, Judarious Andrews and Licha Antonio. On the back row from left to right: Joseph Phillips, James Montgomery, Austin Barfield, and Preston Lamb.
Under the supervision of JPPS II Clay Newton and Community Service Supervisor Captain T. Demps, the Colquitt CSO youth worked tirelessly for five hours emptying bins and sorting/stacking food cans. With their work, the youth helped expedite the gathering of vegetable cans and filling the orders of the Food Bank.
Considering the fact that within the first two weeks of January the Food Bank had filed a month's worth of Food Bank Orders, the work of the youth was not only appreciated but much needed as well. Congratulations again to the youth and staff at the Colquitt Court Services Office who participated in this worthwhile effort.
(Special thanks to JPPS II Clay Newton of Colquitt CSO-District 10 for submitting the original story and photos.)