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Economy down, giving up in Baker Co.

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

BAKER COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Unemployment remains at a record high in our area. It's difficult for many people to make ends meet. Even a trip to the grocery store is something of a luxury for some families.

A group in Baker County is working to make sure those families don't go hungry. They gave away food Friday afternoon.

More than 200 people showed up to get fresh food to fill their homes.  Mary Freeman is thrilled volunteers at the East Baker Historical Society helped fill her bag with fresh produce.

" I thank God for their help but  I didn't get any watermelon but that's okay," said Freeman.

It went too fast. Chelsea Torres bagged up cabbage while others picked up boxes of zucchini and bags of bread.

"We need something for the house because we've got nothing to eat," said Torres.

Director David Milliner keeps kids like Torres in mind, especially during a tough financial season that makes it rough on parents when kids are out of school.

"Kids have to eat. At the same time parents are working. We want to do all we can to ease some of those burdens," said Milliner.

He understands because he's a dad too. Freeman has three kids. As volunteers clean up, Milliner plans to hand out food every other Friday.

"It was great and we want to keep spreading the word that we want southwest Georgia to grow and we want the Lord to bless this area," said Milliner.

People like Mary Alice Freeman appreciate volunteers who care about them. The director says Friday's  turn out was better than he expected. Volunteers will continue to hand out food every other Friday this this summer. The southwest Georgia Food Bank donated the produce for Friday's giveaway.

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