Albany - - It's a serious problem in South Georgia. People who live in poverty and folks on fixed incomes often go without food. The Southwest Georgia Food Bank works hard to eliminate the problem, but donations are down. One Albany school is pitching in to make fighting hunger fun.
A Friday night football game is always exciting. At Deerfield Windsor, football fans get to give a little extra when they enter the gate.
"A group of parents and some students saw a need in the community and we felt this was a very easy way," says parent Wendy Mathis.
The school is starting a Football Food Drive. At all home games, fans are asked to bring a canned good item to benefit the Food Bank.
"The kids seem excited about it. I think all kids like a little competition."
So starting next week, during Deerfield's Homecoming celebration week, middle schoolers will compete against high schoolers to see who brings in the most canned goods.
"One person can really make a difference, so if one school all works together we can make a huge difference," says student Carly Mathis.
The difference really matters, according to Food Bank representatives.
"The tornado that hit in Americus this past year. That kind of wiped us out with some of our donations," says Interim Director Tony Hall.
The Food Bank organizes its own drive in November called the Can-Do food drive. Students here want to be ahead of the game so when November comes, they'll be able to make a huge donation.
"What the school is doing here will be a major step to help stamp out the hunger here in Southwest Georgia," Hall says.
"I think all schools should definitely do it because it is such a good idea and anything anyone can do is great," says Mathis.
Great because you're giving back while also enjoying the fun of Friday night football.
Deerfield's lower campus is also getting involved. They'll compete against the school's upper campus to see who collects the most canned goods. The Southwest Georgia Foodbank serves 20 counties and distributes more than five million pounds of food a year.