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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Volunteers were hard at work Tuesday inside the National Guard Armory in Albany distributing several thousand pounds of food to those in need

Nearly one thousand people lined up, some as early as 6 a.m., for the food giveaway. The Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center handed out hundreds of grocery bags filled with canned fruits, vegetables, and cereal.

With unemployment above 8 percent in the Albany area, people are looking for any way to feed their families. Both organizers and recipients are thankful for the help at a time when so many are in need.

"We have a lot of dedicated, devoted, and dependable volunteers that come and help us. We would not be able to do it without them," said Ben Jackson with the Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center.

"I work part time and they've cut my hours. So I have to come and get food. I can't hardly buy food. I know a bunch of these people out here, they're affected too. We appreciate the food that they give us," said Bernice Sapp.

The USDA distributed the surplus food which will help to feed one thousand households.

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