Food/Mental Health Resources

Click HERE for a full list of outside service providers of the Columbia County School District



Georgia Crisis and Access Line 

A 24-7 helpline providing mental health crisis assistance and access to mental health resources throughout the state of Georgia. 

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For emergencies in which law enforcement may be called. For non-emergencies, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 706-541-2800. 


Child Abuse and Neglect

Reports of child abuse and neglect can be made to
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.


24/7 Crisis Text Line 

Reach a trained counselor by text message. Youth and teens are especially welcome.  

24/7 Crisis Text Line


Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
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Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Spanish Speakers: Call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2" or text Hablanos to 66746


The Disaster Distress Helpline is 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. They help people dealing with stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms (all common reactions after/during a disaster). They are responding to calls and providing crisis support related to fears and stress over the current coronavirus outbreak. 

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.

 Disaster Distress Helpline


Formerly called "guidance counselors," today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career development and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Click here to contact a local school counselor.
School Social Workers are pupil services professionals who hold a master’s degree in social work and who have school social work certification in training and experience specific to working in schools and/or with children. This training includes special education law, school law, and systems theory. They understand how the various systems work together such as education, juvenile justice, family/children's health, mental health, and child protective services.
Our trained School Social Workers are here for our students and their families during the school shutdown. They are working hard just like teachers to stay connected with students to ensure their wellness while they are out of school.

The Columbia County School District will provide food resources for our students in need through the present shutdown.grab and go infographic

Six schools will serve as pickup sites for “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through May 22, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, 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
  • 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.

For families in need of food assistance outside of the CCSD, select Food Resources Here!


Contact these organizations for families in need of food assistance

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YMCA locations

Meal pick-ups will be available Thursday, April 23 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm or until we run out; Friday, April 24 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; and Friday night, April 24 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm or until they are gone at the following locations:

  • Steiner Branch Family YMCA, 218 Partnership Drive, Grovetown GA 30813
  • Wilson Family YMCA, 3570 Wheeler Road, Augusta GA 30909
  • Augusta South Family YMCA, 2215 Tobacco Road, Augusta GA 30901
  • Team Headquarters, 1058 Claussen Road, Augusta GA 30907
Redeemer Church (also serving Parkway Elementary and Columbia Middle zoned families)
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.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church

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 or call the church office from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Monday - Friday at (706) 854-9707.


Quest Church
Also serving Grovetown Elementary and Grovetown Middle zoned families

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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

Donation drop-off locations are local organizations that have space to store food items to be distributed to local families. These sites may not approved locations for providing meals, they are merely drop-off locations for donations. 

Donation drop-off locations:

Redeemer Church - 2540 William Few Parkway - donation drop-off 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Greenbrier Church 
The Assembly of Augusta
New Passion Church - 4220 Belair Frontage Road - donation drop-off Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Quest Church
Revivify Church
The following items are merely suggestions of donations. All donations will be accepted and are greatly appreciated for helping to feed our students and their families in need:

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
Apple sauce
Mandarin orange/Fruit cups
Granola bars
Juice boxes
Pretzels individually bagged
Cans of soup
Raman noodles
Canned food/fruits/Vegetables
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