Thomasville - Ivie Bozeman is grocery shopping, but not for herself, and when she's ready to checkout, she won't be paying for this food. "It makes me feel good in order to be able to help them," says Bozeman.
For the past six years, just like she's doing today, Bozeman has bagged up groceries for people in need at the Thomas County Food Bank. She says, "This doesn't look like very much, but this is for an order for one person and this should be enough if they use it carefully to last them until they get another check or their food stamps come in or something of that nature."
The little bit of money Emmie Hurst receives from her Social Security check every month is barely enough to pay for her light bill, so she cherishes her monthly trip to the food bank. "It's just a blessing for people in Thomasville that this place is here it helps so many people out, I know it does me," says Hurst. She adds, "I really look forward to it every month."
Each volunteer has a list of what every family needs based on the number of people in the household, then they shop for each client, making sure to send no one home hungry.
Emmie Hurst will leave with enough groceries to last her for a month. She says, "I'm just thankful for it, you know? I really am."
Thankful that when the food runs out, she can come back again. The Thomas County food bank is open on Mondays from 3 to 5:30 PM and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 1 P-M. They have been open for six years this week.