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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – At a time when more people are struggling to put food on the table, fewer people are donating to food banks and pantries. This week, Cumulus Radio held the annual Can-do food drive to benefit the FoodBank of Southwest Georgia.

While donations were slower than organizers hoped for, people still are giving.

It's one of the most important food drives of the year for the FoodBank of Southwest Georgia. Brett Kirkland said, "This is the one where we try to get the bulk of our local donations to carry us through the holiday season and into the first of the year."

While many of us think of feasts of food during the holidays, many people are trying to scrape together a simple meal.  Kirkland said, "People are hungry year round, but this tends to be the most giving time of the year, so we want to take advantage of that and get as much in as we can."

Sadly, the amount of donations are down sharply. In the three days of collections, only about 2500 pounds of food have been collected.  Kirkland said, "We, two years ago, got 8,000 pounds and so we're far below that this year and even though we're disappointed, we're very appreciative of what we have received."

Cumulus radio partnered with the foodBank and has reached out to listeners to donate.  Bobby Powell said, "When you have such a voice, with the seven radio stations that we have, you can talk to an awful lot of people and make a difference and I think we're doing that."

Kirkland added, "The need is not going to go away anytime soon, so anything that people can do to help us in those efforts will be greatly appreciated." Feeding the hungry, one can at a time.

But it's not too late for them to reach their goal of 8,000 pounds. This food drive in the K-Mart shopping center is going on for another two hours.

Of the estimated 200,000 people in Southwest Georgia who are in danger of going without a meal tonight, about 50,000 of those are children.

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