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Buy a duck to fight hunger

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  Second Harvest Food Bank in Valdosta kicked off its annual derby duck drive this week. The more rubber ducks you adopt, the more people you'll feed and the greater chance you'll have of winning prizes.

One small rubber duck can go a long way. The Second Harvest of South Georgia kicked off its 7th Annual Derby Duck Race this week.

"The community adopts the duck for $5 a piece or you can do five for $20 and then you have an opportunity to win great prizes donated from local companies and at the same time end hunter in the community," said Frank Richards, Second Harvest President.

From now until April you can purchase the ducks. On April 10th your duck will race.

"We will dump 10,000 ducks in the lazy river paradise out at Wild Adventures. We'll race around and then pull the top 10 ducks and award the prizes at the park," said Richards.

Last year, Second Harvest raised more than $60,000.

"The economy is very soft right now people are having a hard time. Our numbers are up 23 percent in the amount of food we're putting out in the community right now," said Richards.

This year's goal is to raise between $85,000 and $90,000.

Second Harvest says by adopting one duck you will feed a child each night for one week at the Kid's Café. They say the more ducks you adopt the more people you help.

 "If you adopt five it'll basically provide groceries for a family for an entire week," said Richards.

Steel's Jewelry has been participating in the fundraiser since it started.

"Every year it's grown and increased so most people get more than one duck because it really does make a difference," said jeweler Susan Steel.

A very small investment goes a long way.

"They can take every little bit that's donated and multiply and make it go so far to help so many," said Steel.

You can pick up the forms at Steel's Jewelry and several other locations in the community.

The money will go to the food bank's many programs including Meals on Wheels, Kid's Cafe, and general meals for families.

  •  Click HERE for more information on how you can help.

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