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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –1.2 billion people go hungry each day by some estimates. A local non-profit organization; Fishermen for the Hungry, helps fight hunger.

They hold bass fishing tournaments that benefit any non-profit that's connected with The National Feeding America Food Bank. Some of the food banks they help are Second Harvest, Middle Georgia Community, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Fishermen for the Hungry not only helps food banks, but also churches. They've raised $12.5 million in food distribution since they started in 1999.

Dewey Mitchell remembers the first time he helped feed the homeless."I delivered him the plate of food needless to say this effected me more than him,"said FOH Founder Dewey Mitchell. Affecting him so much that he started a fundraiser to end hunger.

"I thought, I could do a fundraiser at that time. I was a pretty avid fisherman. So I took something I loved and turned it into a fundraiser," said Mitchell. That fundraiser has raised the equivalent in food of $12.2 million since it's inception.

"We put it together so positively that the fishermen were happy, food banks, and sponsors. We kept hearing, 'Do more tournaments,'" said Mitchell. They do a series of 8 tournaments and four food distributions throughout the year.

"Every day my goal for Fishermen For The Hungry is for us to do distributions at least once a month in every church," said Mitchell. 

The passion for feeding the hungry comes from a special place."Myself and my board members feel like that Fisherman for the Hunger is 100% God's will," said Mitchell. He's trying to end hungry one fish at a time.

There is an entry fee for Fishermen who want to participate. It's a family event. Father and son, mother and daughter or husband and wife can enter the tournament.

If 50 boats are in the competition, First place prize is $2,000. Second Place is 1,000. Third place is $500. For more information on how to participate visit their website at http://www.fishermenforthehungry.org/

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