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Southwest Georgia food bank preps for upcoming holiday season

October 31, 2007

Albany--Every 3.6 seconds someone dies from hunger.  And every year, fifteen million children die of starvation.

With the holidays fast approaching, the Southwest Georgia food bank is working extra hard to keep its food supplies fully stocked for people in need.

As the holidays approach, food is vanishing quickly from the Southwest Georgia food bank.

"Everybody wants to help during the holidays," says Ashley Harmon who serves as the food bank's agency relations director.

The food bank has over 300 agencies throughout the twenty counties it serves, and they've been coming to the food bank non-stop lately.

"They're just coming in and out all day long. They don't stop.  They get food from us and they give it out to the families in our communities," says Harmon.

Since January, the food bank has distributed about five million pounds of food out into the community--that number will rise even more during the upcoming holiday season.

"Over the holidays, I'm going to tell you probably about thirty to forty thousand pounds if not more," says executive director, Tony Hall.

To continue feeding those in need, Executive Director Tony hall says food donations are vital.

"We're asking for canned goods. We're asking for any traditional holiday product, cranberry sauce, stuffing," says hall.

And to make sure the warehouse stays fully stocked this time of year, the food bank is also holding food drives throughout the community.

 "All the proceeds will come here. We'll sort through them, and then give them out to our agencies. They'll then distribute it to the ones in need," says Hall.

"It makes you feel really good that you're helping people because there's a lot of people that really need food and you don't really think about it," says Harmon.

That's why Harmon encourages everyone to consider those less fortunate during the holidays.

"Just get out there and help out as much as you can," says Harmon.

Now to continue raising food donations for the food bank, the food bank will hold a "Can-Do" Drive.  That can drive will take place at the Harvey's Supermarket located at 2310 North Slappey Blvd starting November 14th, 15th, and 16th.

If for some reason you can't make out to that location on those following days, the food bank is always in need of food donations and even volunteers. For more information on how you can help, you can contact the food bank at 883-5959.

The food bank recently started giving food to children in need attending Dougherty County Schools.  Every Friday through the end of the year, the food bank will send forty backpacks stuffed with food to students attending school at Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school and Jackson Heights elementary school.

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