Harvest Health Festival Coming to Savannah on Oct. 24

SAVANNAH, Oct. 6, 2020 – Atlanta-based Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation will host the first- ever Harvest Health Festival at Savannah’s Calvary Baptist Temple on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 AM. Admission is free and open to the public.

The festival is aimed at bringing together Savannah-area health and wellness resources for low-income and uninsured families and will include organizations concerned with physical, mental, oral (dental), sexual/reproductive, emotional, and even financial well-being. Attendees can expect a broad array of resources devoted to helping them achieve greater health and stability regardless of their ability to pay.

“More Americans than virtually ever before are skipping doctor visits because they can’t afford it, even if they’re insured,” said Lighthouse Interim CEO Phillip Arrington. “Sudden unemployment and haphazard or delayed availability of social services caused by COVID-19 have worsened things considerably, particularly for families that were already just barely getting by.”

Asked about the risks of a festival-type gathering at present, Arrington acknowledged that no such gathering can be completely safe, but the alternative could be much worse.

“We would much rather these families come out on Oct. 24 and get the information and help they need than put off potentially life-saving care because they’re frightened of COVID,” he said.

To minimize the risk, he continued, The Lighthouse will provide a mask to every attendee up to 1,000, strictly enforce social distancing, and require a pre-entry temperature check and brief questionnaire. The festival will also take place outdoors in a large, open parking lot.

Among the festival exhibitors are some of Savannah’s best-known community care providers, including Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, MedBank, the Chatham County Health Department, and Coastal Harbor Health System. The event is sponsored by Georgia Power and the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council. Garden City and Pooler Lions Clubs will provide volunteers.

Festival patrons also will enjoy food trucks, music, raffle prizes, children’s activities, giveaways, and free wifi, as well as on-site care including diabetes screenings and flu vaccines.

For more information and to register as an attendee, visit HarvestHealthFest.org. Exhibitor space is available to healthcare and other community-focused organizations and may be reserved at no cost by emailing kviana@lighthousegeorgia.org.

Contact: Kate Viana kviana@lighthousegeorgia.org (770) 776-9514


About The Lighthouse

Founded in 1949 by members of three Georgia Lions Clubs, The Lighthouse’s mission is to bring Georgians in need back into a world of sight and sound by providing comprehensive vision and hearing care to the state’s uninsured and under-insured. The Lighthouse is headquartered in Atlanta and, with the help of a statewide network of audiologists, optometrists, and ophthalmologists, operates a mobile clinic serving all of Georgia.

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