McIntosh S.E.E.D. - COVID-19 Relief
Transforming Communities By Transforming Lives
McIntosh SEED’s rural community development work begins with engagement, education and empowerment of community members. When scaffolded with opportunities for economic development that is locally-owned and locally controlled, along with infrastructure improvements, communities are becoming more resilient and self-sustaining.
McIntosh S.E.E.D. worked with Lonnie Gilbert in creating community gardens during the pandemic in Gadsden County, Florida. This three month project provided squash, cucumber, egg plants, tomatoes, peppers and cabbage for many people, specifically single family and elderly-led households in a time where some people did not know where their next meal was coming from. Over 25 families were provided with fresh vegetables and fruit during the pandemic at a time where many things were uncertain. During this project, seven raised beds were built to secure the efficient growing of the produce during planting season. Mr. Gilbert deemed the project a major success for his community and would be eager to participate in any additional projects in seasons to come!
McIntosh SEED went to Appling County Farm in Baxley, Georgia to purchase produce for the Community Gardens. They were distributed and planted in several different gardens in McIntosh and Liberty County, Georgia. These community gardens contained squash, banana peppers and cucumbers. These vegetables fed families throughout Southeast Georgia.
Mobile Vaccination Drive
McIntosh SEED connected with multiple organizations, churches, restaurants and other businesses in Darien and Brunswick, Georgia to aid in spreading awareness of the mobile vaccination event that was conducted by Coastal Communities Health Services. The county school systems partnered with McIntosh SEED to provide outreach to all parents in the area as well. The goal was to increase not only the vaccination rate of the counties, but education on the vaccines.
Coastal Communities Health Services provided the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as well as the Pfizer booster to recipients. Those who received the vaccines ranged from 17 years old to over 70 years old and were from multiple counties in Southeast Georgia. Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority also partnered with McIntosh SEED to provide education and information to recipients about the services and resources available to them in Southeast Georgia.
Goal: Increase awareness and education of the Moderna, Pzifer and Janssen vaccinations while providing personal protection equipment and increasing the vaccination rate of people in the counties of Southeast Georgia.