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Sorting goods with military precision

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Many of you gave to food drives over the holidays, now others will have something to eat when they get hungry.

A ton that food goes to the Salvation Army and it takes an army to sort through it all.

On Saturday, Marine Reservists are helping sort the goods with military precision.

"Today we're trying to help them organize their food inventory," said GySgt Elaine Johnson, US Marine Corps.

Close to 30 Marine Reservists will organize the piles of food at the Salvation Army Warehouse.

"We come in one weekend a month we volunteered from out unit to help the Salvation Army Organize," said SSgt Edward Flores, US Marine Corps.

All this food was collected from Dougherty County Schools and other area food donations.

"I feel it's very important, our mission is to fight wars against terror abroad, but we also need to be a part of the community and show we are here and can do whatever we can to help," said Johnson.

The food they sort now will help feed two meals a day at the Salvation Army kitchen.

Some of the goods are also used to stock the pantry shelves for families in need.

Even though it looks plenty, it'll all be gone in a matter of months.

"June or July we're going to be really low, and what the public doesn't donate we have to go out and buy," Faye Turney, Social Services Manager.

But they are happy for the recent donations, which was an increase over years past.

Last year food donations helped the Salvation Army fill 526 grocery orders and serve more than 32, 697 meals.

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