March 24, 2020


Pinnacle Club donates 420 pounds of fresh food to Golden Harvest Food Bank

Edgar’s Hospitality Group dining club gives “hand up” to community partner

(AUGUSTA, Ga) - Suspending operations as part of the community-wide effort to defend against the spread of COVID-19, The Pinnacle Club in downtown Augusta donated 420 pounds of produce and dairy products to Golden Harvest Food Bank on Monday. Chef Peter Vossenberg packed up his truck to deliver the donation as part of his preparations to close the kitchen at the private dining club through April 4th

“The gift of fresh produce is a welcomed contribution to our Master’s Table Soup Kitchen, where we serve more than 300 meals every single day of the year,” said Golden Harvest Foods Bank Executive Director Amy Breitmann. “I am so grateful to our partners and friends at Goodwill for thinking of the most vulnerable during a time of distress. Your heart for others remains at the forefront of all that you do. Thank you for providing a ‘hand up’ to our team and for feeding lives together.”

Tripp Harrison, Senior Vice President of Edgar’s Hospitality Group, which includes The Pinnacle Club, Edgar’s Grille and Snelling Conference Center, noted that no one has been left unscathed by the pandemic.

“The Pinnacle Club is one part of a larger organization built to provide education and career services, and like everyone else we have been impacted by COVID-19 at every level,” said Harrison. “Through this donation to our community partner Golden Harvest Food Bank, we are glad to be able to continue supporting the most vulnerable in our community.”

Edgar’s Hospitality Group venues, including The Pinnacle Club, are experiential learning venues for Helms College, an accredited federal financial aid eligible career college focused on providing students with the specific skills they need to embark on successful career paths. Launched by Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA in 2008, Edgar’s Hospitality Group and Helms College are named for Goodwill founder Rev. Edgar Helms.

Revenue from its thrift stores is the foundation for the Goodwill eco-system, a foundation that has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Snelling Center has suspended operations and Edgar’s Grille has gone to a noon-7 p.m. curbside pickup schedule weekdays.

“We know Golden Harvest Food Bank is going to get this donation into the hands of those who need it in our community,” Stiff said. “When this storm has passed, Goodwill wants to be there to deliver education and employment services for those who need it in our community. The world is going to look different, and we want to be there to help people re-enter the workforce and navigate a recovery from this pandemic.”PC