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Georgians step up against hunger

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People in Dougherty County stepped up and donated a record amount of food in Saturday's Stamp out Hunger Program, as 36,800 pounds of food was donated.

It's the most ever donated, far exceeding last year's 21,000 pounds of donations. Neighbors in Need at St. Claire's was one of the charity organizations that received food from the letter carriers program.

"What we get from the Post Office usually gets us through the summer, because the next few months can be very lean. It's great. People are very generous," said Neighbors in Need Co-Director Tina Appollonio.  

 Neighbors in Need provides food for approximately 30 families a week, plus senior citizens and the homeless. Officials say donations usually slow down in the summer, and this food will help them continue to feed those in need.

The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia got some much needed help today at a time when they need it most.

Grainger Industrial Supply made a five thousand dollar donation to the food bank Tuesday. The money came from the Grainger Foundation which supports healthcare, human services, and education.

Food bank leaders say the need in our area far outweighs the resources available.

"Just good hearted people like such companies like Grainger who continue to see the need for this in our community and make sacrifices to make those type of donations," said Michael Davis, Store Manager

"Grainger employees and customers alike identify the local food banks as a vital need in this time," said Tony Hall, VP of Operations at Food Bank of SWGA.

The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia provides food to more than 300 agencies in 20 counties.

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