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November 1, 2006

Valdosta - With the holiday season approaching, Robin Ball and fellow members of the Valdosta Mortgage Bankers Association are using the season of giving to give back to the community.  "We're given so much, we have so many blessings to be thankful for and we just feel like it's our obligation as a citizen of our community to give back," says Food Bank Volunteer Robin Ball.

So they've chosen to volunteer their time at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Valdosta.  "The Food Bank seems to be an organization we can partner with to see our efforts go towards a lot of people, not just a segment of the community," she adds.

As the largest hunger relief organization in South Georgia, the Food Bank serves more than 300 member organizations and 10 counties in South Georgia.  And when November rolls around, additional needs roll in as well.  "Over the holiday season from November in to January, for our whole 10 county service area, we serve an additional 16-20, 000 people over and above our normal service," says Shannon Zapf, Director of Development at the Food Bank.

But Food Bank officials couldn't do it alone. They need donations and volunteers like Robin to help them combat hunger this holiday season.  "If we get 2 to 5 organizations to do can drives for us, that's thousands of pounds of food and we can feed thousands of people with that."

They say without these donations, they might not have enough food to distribute to people who are having a hard time making ends meet this winter.

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