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Agencies collect food for evacuees in S. Georgia

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September 6, 2005

Dougherty County- For the past week, Moultrie Police officers have been doing double duty, protecting the community and collecting donations.

"I have to give the credit to the good citizens of Moultrie. We put out a call last week saying that we were gathering merchandise. We wanted to gather as much merchandise as we could to get to the flood victims, and hurricane victims," says Moultrie Police Chief Frank Lang.

Lang and his officers collected everything from clothing to canned sodas for evacuees who have fled to the area. The items have been donated to Second Mount Zion Baptist Church where they will be distributed.

"It's a feeling that you really can't describe. It goes to the quality of people that are in Moultrie. They are very concerned about helping their fellow man. We couldn't ask for a better community to work with us, and partner with us," Lang says.

The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia has also stepped up their efforts to help feed victims.

"Nationwide, we are part of America's Second Harvest, that nation's food bank network. We sent 99 truckloads, which is three million pounds of food," says Executive Director Dwayne Myles. "Locally we're focusing on the 250 families plus that are here in our area. We're focusing on feeding them."

The Food Bank has joined forces with the local chapters of American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and several churches to collect, sort, and distribute food and personal care items.

"We have volunteers that can go and sort through the food and make sure that the proper food is getting to these evacuees," Myles says.

Food bank officials are asking individual volunteers collecting donations to drop food off at their warehouse so it can be properly stored and sorted for freshness.

"Call us we'll help assist them with the food organization, and we'll make the process a whole lot easier," Myles says.

If you want to donate food or personal hygiene items or want information about how to register for assistance, call the Food Bank at 229-883-5959.

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