ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Food Bank food giveaways around South Georgia continue to attract large crowds. Tuesday hundreds of families showed up at Jeffords Park in Sylvester hoping to pick up a box of free food.
When Mark Harness pulled up the mobile pantry truck this morning, he says Jeffords park was already jam packed with hungry people waiting in line. "This one has gone a lot smoother than most of them we've been to the word got out the media got good on it so its gone a lot smoother and quicker than most of them have."
Today Mark and other volunteers handed out 14,000 pounds of food to families in need. That's enough to feed close to 460 families in Sylvester.
One of those people is 74 year old Frankie Williams. She says she never thought she would have trouble getting food. "Well I'm experiencing hard ships with the bills that are being paid once you got your little check and pay your little bills you really aint got nothing left."
Food bank officials say they used to make three trips a month now they are making close to ten.
"Each county we go to it seems like the need gets bigger Sylvester is like any other town, they've lost jobs and industry so every town we've been to has been very appreciative of what we bring them," said Mark.
"I think its good because there are so many people that do no have money to buy stuff so it will go a long ways," said Estella Sparrow.
"Its hard out there and people need help so I really appreciate it," said Kimberly Jones.
Each box, which contains green beans, black eyed peas, rice and a whole chicken, is enough food to feed a family of four for an entire week.
About 40 percent of the population in Southwest Georgia is at risk of going hungry at some point this year.
Tuesday volunteers at the food bank told me they are going to start bringing about 20 more boxes to the next mobile pantry so they can feed more families.