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November 22, 2005

Albany--A charity that many south Georgians depend on this time of year is struggling. At the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia demand for food is way up this holiday season, but donations are down.

The warehouse is stacked high with food, but don't let that fool you.

"There's been a great decline in local food donations because of Hurricane Katrina," says Dwayne Myles, executive director of the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia. This year donations are down 15%.

"Probably about 15,000 to 20,000 pounds less than we took up in our three year annual can food drive," says Myles.

People were generous in their food donations during Hurricane Katrina, but with the holidays approaching, many can't afford to donate.

"It's been real tough to get donations from donors, but some donors are still trying to step up and give what they can, but it's been a tough road these last couple of months."

And with many more mouths to feed this year, the food bank is paying the price.

"Last year the food was donated, this year we have to spend more money to purchase the food instead of having food that's donated," says Myles.

The food bank donated four million pounds of food last year, it hopes to do the same this year.

"We're trying to refocus and see what we're trying to do now locally because so much attention was drawn to the national cause," says Myles.

With Thanksgiving just three days away, the bank promises to do what it can to make sure no one goes hungry this season.

"It's our job to do what's necessary to make sure people are eating during the holidays," says Myles.

If you would like to make a food donation, you can do so by stopping by the food bank's office at 2800 Phillips Drive in Albany.

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