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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One in eight Americans is in danger of going hungry, but millions of backyard gardeners grow more produce than they can consume.

Now, those growers are partnering with agencies to help feed others. In southwest Georgia, the Food Bank gets fresh produce from local fields from the Society of St. Andrews.

Monday the group delivered about three thousand pounds of zucchini squash to the food bank for distribution. Food bank officials say, it's not something they get everyday, but the demand for it is rising.

"One of the thing we have tried to do is get more fresh produce out to the families that are really in need because we get some much other product that the fresh produce is one that we don't get so when we get it we try and get it out as fast as possible," said Tony Hall, Food Bank of Southwest Georgia Director.

Some of that squash will be passed out at a food distribution in Turner County tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Officials say if local farmers or backyard growers want to donate they can contact the Food Bank.


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