Hundreds of people waited in line in the sun and rain Tuesday to be able to bring home several boxes full of food.
Gina Thomas Anderson was one of hundreds waiting behind the Union Baptist Church for food. "It help fill us up during the in between times. So it is really helping us real good," she said.
Anderson like many in this line is unemployed and is now raising three foster children. And though it has been challenging, she never regrets her decision to become a foster parent.
"When I went to get these children right here, and I saw all the children, I said I wish I had a house big enough to take all these children home."
Brett Kirkland was one of a staff of about ten helping distribute food to 460 families and says Anderson's story is similar to many families in Southwest Georgia. "There was already a need before the unemployment struck us."
"Often times no income means you have to choose power bill, phone bill and food gets pushed to the back side to keep the power on."
Asking for help is new for many of these families. And has been difficult for many to do. "We want people in need to come get help. Stick pride to the side and come get help. That's why we are here."
And though he knows this food doesn't come close to fulfilling their need, it keeps them going a little longer.
"It's only going to supplement for about a week and a half, but for a lot of people it means eating for a week and a half."
Anderson already has five adult sons and daughter. "I raised all my children and I hope to raise these children too to make a big impact in the community."
And Gina Thomas Anderson said she is grateful for any help she can get that will bring her closer to accomplishing her goal.
It takes a lot of volunteers and resources to distribute this food throughout Southwest Georgia.
Anyone interested in donating time, food or money can call the food bank at 229-883-5559.
Last month, The Hands Across Albany food drive sponsored by Covenant Presbyterian Church raised over 900 lbs. of quality food. The Manna Truck mobile pantry drive in Tifton distributed over 16,300 lbs. of food to over 535 families in need.
In Bainbridge, over 17,300 lbs. of food was distributed to over 535 families. The mobile pantry in Leesburg We distributed over 14,600 lbs. of food to over 460 families in need of food assistance.
For more information on volunteering at the Food Bank, call Ashley Lawson at (229)883-5959 x14, or Cheryl Pittman at (229)883-5959 x16.
If you are a potential food and/or grocery item donor, please contact Tony Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (229)883-5959 x13 to discuss the details of your donation. If you or your company would like to sponsor a food drive on behalf of the Food Bank, please contact Cheryl Pittman at email@example.com.
Volunteers donated 1,030 Hours of service so far in 2009.
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