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Mobile pantry helps flood victims

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - The Food Bank of Southwest georgia and the Salvation Army set up a food give-a-way in Bainbridge today.

The turnout was higher than normal. That's because many people there already struggling financially, were just hit with another blow, flooding in their homes.

And they'll take all the help they can get.  So hundreds stood in line in the hot sun Tuesday.

"In this box we have about 2800 pounds of nonperishable food," said Tony Hall with the Food Bank.

The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia and the Salvation Army set up outside the First Baptist church in Bainbridge.

Recent flooding and countless job layoffs made for a busy day.

"The need here has been great. We started at noon today. And by 11:30 the line was probably 50 feet long,"said Dewey Robinson with the Salvation Army.

And more than half of the people in need of food and assistance were flood victims.

Two weeks ago, we met Christian Jones, her husband, and three children when they were forced to leave their Miller county home after water filled the interior.

Tuesday we caught up with her at the pantry,  loading her car with a few free meals.

"It's been rough. And the water just keeps coming," she said.

For almost three weeks her family stayed in a hotel and are now staying with family.  And Monday's rain flooded her home another five inches.

Understandably, she'll take all the help she can get.

"It'll help. It will feed my little gang. And I appreciate it," she said.  

Pamela Thomas lives off Slough loop in Bainbridge. Water didn't quite make it inside her home- but she still has no running water.

And, no income. She says the chicken, cereal, and canned goods she picked up today - offers a little relief.

"We're just take everything day by day. It's been really hard," she said.

But still others like Nathaniel Borden, who wasn't affected by flooding, needs help. A tough economy on top of his fixed income and disability makes life a bit tough right now.

Thankfully, organizations like these, help people of all stories and hardships, get by one day at a time.

The First Baptist Church in Bainbridge, where the food distribution was held, is holding a job fair on April 25th.

Booths are free and it's free and open to the public.  They already have about 15 businesses signed up.

If you want to take part call them at 229-246-1563.

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