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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of pounds of food is being delivered to people across Albany right now. It's part of the USDA's surplus distribution program and supplied through the Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center.

Volunteers loaded up the food at the National Guard Armory and delivered food to shut-ins across the city.

For people like Billy Brown, a disabled man, with a disabled wife on a limited income, times are especially tough.  He said, "We making it and I thank God for that."

Making it with the help of folks like Willie Ross who said, "I'm giving it to people who really really need it, 'cause it's hard out here."

On Wednesday, Ross went and loaded a van and trailer full of food with thanks to the Dougherty Neighborhood Service Center to take to people in South Albany who are homebound, on a fixed income and need help.

Natasha Dawson said, "We assist with rent and utilities. We do this two times a year where we give out the commodities to the public."

By getting out and delivering the food, it's a way for Ross to give back. Ross said, "I got out of the service two years ago and I just come home and started putting back in what I took out of the neighborhood. I wasn't always an angel."

But he is now, to the folks he's helping, like Mr. Brown. "Well, I think it's wonderful," said Brown.  "A lot of people need food right now because time are hard and we're in a recession, so we need this food. I think they're doing a great job."

Ross said, "I went and asked for the food and I have the food and there will be some people that are not hungry tonight." In addition to this stop, Willie Ross delivered food to 51 other homes in South and East Albany. He says he hopes to do even more to help people in his neighborhood later this year.

In addition to Mr. Brown, close to 50 other volunteers helped deliver food to almost 2,000 families Wednesday.

The public distribution will be Tuesday at the National Guard Armory from 9 AM to 1 PM. All recipients must certify they are eligible to receive the food by bringing proof of income and identification.

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