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1-855-GA CHILD (1-855-422-4453):
The Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services’ (DFCS) Child Protective Services (CPS) After-Hours Call Center was established to ensure reports of abuse/neglect are received, accessed and handled timely and efficiently during the times that local DFCS offices are closed. The CPS After-Hours Call Center is currently ONLY for reporting child abuse/neglect during the times that local DFCS offices are closed, but will eventually move towards a statewide CPS Call Center that is operational 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
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Disaster Distress Helpline
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SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has a Disaster Distress Helpline.
Local School Counselors
School Social Workers
The Columbia County School District, working with dozens of local businesses, churches, and other organizations, will provide food resources for our students in need through the present shutdown.
Seven schools will serve as pickup sites for “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches, Monday – Friday, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23 – Friday, April 3, 2020. In addition, CCSD will continue to provide school lunches up to Spring Break, April 6 - 13, 2020.
After Spring Break, our food site distribution schedule will resume starting Wednesday, April 15, 2020. At that time, we will begin serving grab and go breakfasts and lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Monday and Wednesday, we will provide breakfasts and lunches for the following days. This schedule will provide meals for every day of each week while reducing the number of times our families have to pick up their meals. We will continue with our Monday and Wednesday drop off service to those families in need.
Items will be prepared by school nutrition staff and will be distributed by curb-side pickup or delivered to students who have no means of transportation.
All Columbia County School District students in need may receive a lunch safely packaged in a sack to go, along with breakfast for the next day, at any of the following sites:
- Grovetown Elementary
- Grovetown Middle
- Martinez Elementary
- Parkway Elementary
- North Harlem Elementary
- South Columbia Elementary
- Lakeside High
Parents of students in need of food resources, please complete the request form.
We are extremely grateful for the community organizations that are helping us provide this service to needy families during this difficult time. Groups or organizations interested in supplying food resources please complete the volunteer registration form.
If families need meals before or after that time and schools are still shut down, please check back for a list of community resources that stand ready to provide meals for families in need.
Contact these organizations for families in need of food assistance
2540 William Few Parkway
706-825-1564 - Please call before coming
Distributing food on Saturday as long as supplies last 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Distributes sack lunches every Saturday. beginning March 28, 2020, from 10 a.m.-12 noon.
If a family that you know of is in need of food have them contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Monday - Friday at (706) 854-9707.
Also serving Grovetown Elementary and Grovetown Middle zoned families
143 Ministries International
Antioch Baptist Church
723 U.S. Highway 78, Harlem, GA 30814
Monday - Wednesday - 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Christway Christian Church
4004 Prescott Dr., Martinez, GA 30907
Monday & Wednesday - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Vineyard Church-Storehouse Pantry
3136 Parrish Road, Augusta, GA 30907
2nd and 4th Monday - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Serves residents living in 30907 and Richmond County only
Old Union Baptist Church
6095 Old Union Road, Harlem, GA 30814
Monday - 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
New Passion Church
Contact Carrel Davis at 706-364-5650
4220 Belair Frontage Road, Augusta, GA 30909
Food Donation Needs and Drop-off Locations
Donation drop-off locations:
The Assembly of Augusta
New Passion Church - 4220 Belair Frontage Road - donation drop-off Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Zip-loc or grocery bags for packing meals
Brown bags for weekend feeding (per child):
Peanut butter/cheese crackers - substitute cheese on cheese crackers for allergies
Mandarin orange/Fruit cups
Pretzels individually bagged
Cans of soup
Peanut Butter - By the jar or to-go cups
Fruit such as apples, oranges
Cereal - boxes and single servings
Tuna packets - single servings
Rice Krispy Treats
Children activity items such as: board games, coloring books, crayons or other goodies.
Families also may need toilet paper