What is Santa's Pantry?
- 4 Elementary schools have a poverty rate that is greater than 95%
- 10 schools have a poverty rate that is greater than 90%
- 44 schools have a poverty rate that is greater than 50%
In collaboration with local organizations and business partners, Santa's Pantry provides non-perishable food items to as many vulnerable students in Chatham County public schools as possible over the winter break.
In a typical year, Santa’s Pantry volunteers collect, sort, inventory, bag, and deliver collected food from the community, along with food purchased from grocery stores using monetary donations. The need for social distancing requires the program to pivot. This year, Santa's Pantry will distribute grocery store gift cards so families can buy what they need. School counselors and principals will be the distribution point to protect the students’ identities and to ensure the students most in need are served.
The goal this year is to raise $20,000. Santa's Pantry partners with TecSAV, so their message is amplified and donations are tax-deductible.
Support Santa's Pantry
PARTICPATE IN THE SANTA'S PANTRY AUCTION
Bid on your favorite items! Categories include:
- Collectibles and Toys
- Needful Things
- Health & Wellness
- Food & Alcohol
DONATE DIRECTLY VIA TechSAV
TechSAV, a 501(c)3 non-profit, sponsors Santa's Pantry each year to ensure all donations are tax deductible.
TechSAV is a community of innovators, designers, and technologists in Savannah, Georgia that are passionate about building better products and a better community here in Savannah. The purpose is to promote Economic Development and further Educational Opportunities. With this goal in mind, TechSAV partnered with Santa's Pantry Annual Winter Food Drive to offset the missed school meals for food-insecure children over the winter break.
Meet the 2020 Santa's Pantry Ambassadors
In the face of uncertainty and challenges, Santa's Pantry has stepped up their game with creative solutions to continue their work this holiday season. In an effort to keep everyone involved safe amidst COVID-19, Santa' Pantry is raising more money to distribute grocery gift cards to families rather than collecting and distributing food items. This year they partnered up with local Ambassadors to help them meet a collective goal of $20,000.
Below are six Santa's Pantry Ambassadors who kindly stepped up to support the cause this year. You can donate through one of the Santa's Pantry Ambassadors through November 20th.
Born and raised in Savannah, Brittany served as the Children's Wellness Dietitian and Coordinator at Memorial Health for eight years.
Terri works from SURJ-Savannah, Stand Up For Racial Justice. Request to join the SURJ-Savannah Facebook group:
Jennifer is the Executive Director of The Creative Coast and also the Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
To learn more about the Creative Coast, visit www.thecreativecoast.org .... you're already here 😉
To learn more about the Savannah Economic Development Authority, visit www.seda.org