The organization is taking over where Angel Food Ministries, a program that provided inexpensive meals to families, left off.
One Harvest, a part of a bevy of services provided by Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, is accepting orders from its inaugural March menu.
The menu will change from month to month, but will include a plethora of food for all lifestyles and prices. All food items are initially sent to the One Harvest headquarters in Logansville from food distributors from all over the United States, according to TCAP Service Coordinator Sheila Callaway.
The March menu features four different boxes, including a special Easter box that includes a honey-glazed ham, sweet potatoes, creamed corn and many other fixings.
“There are many different types of boxes for everyone,” said Callaway. “Where else in Calhoun can you go and get a meal at these prices?”
The closest locations were previously in Rome and Chatsworth, which was too far away for most Gordon County residents.
“It (One Harvest) came on board in November, but we couldn’t be a drop site then,” said Callaway. “I kept calling them saying that we didn’t have the means to go to Rome or Chatsworth to pickup the food; they told me that as long as we do 50 boxes a month, or more, we could be a drop site.”
Since One Harvest is just getting started in Gordon County, it will be a waiting game in the beginning.
“With this program we won’t be able to take food stamps right now,” said Callaway. “I have to apply for my own USDA to take the stamp products; it takes about 45 days.”
Callaway is in the works with the USDA to ensure that One Harvest will be able to take food stamps in the near future.
“I’m hoping by May distribution we will be able to take food stamps,” said Callaway. “Until then, we can take credit, debit and cash.”
The purpose of One Harvest, and the motto Callaway hopes to achieve, goes back to people helping people.
“I’m hoping a lot of people will get on board with this; it’s top quality food,” said Callaway. “The churches and organizations, and the clubs, need to get on board.”
Callaway wants the community to know that this food program is here for individuals, families in need, organizations that want to give and those who are living at or below poverty.
“If you don’t have relatives or family to give it to, we have lists of families in need of help,” explained Callaway. “We have so many people out of work and living well below the poverty level; buy one for someone who needs it.”
In order to receive assistance from One Harvest, locals can go to TCAP, located at 121 New Town Road, or place the order online.
Also, for the first time, Gordon County will serve as the drop site for the food.
“They come in here or they pay online, and once they do that then I call it in and the food is delivered here,” explained Callaway. “We’ve never been able to do that before; we’re really excited that we will be doing it all right here.”
The staff at TCAP will be taking One Harvest March orders until the 16th at 4 p.m. Once all orders are in, the food will be brought to the TCAP office and be ready for pickup March 24 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
For more information, go to tallatoonacap.org.