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Fuel price puts the hurt on Food Bank

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April 21, 2008

  Albany --  The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia is putting to "manna Trucks" on the road to feed the hungry.  

The food bank is using the trucks to increase exposure of the food bank to those in need and to increase the amount of food distributed. Two trucks hold about five thousand pounds of food and drink.

Food Bank President Brett Kirkland says the increasing economic difficulty and the escalating fuel prices put an even higher burden on those in need.  

"The need is in southwest Georgia. We have a poverty rate of almost 21 percent, and when you look at our population here in Southwest Georgia, that's over 100,000 people. And people at or near poverty is 40 percent; which amounts to about 200,000 people," Kirkland said.  

The first truckload will be distributed Tuesday April 29th at 10am at the Cordele Movie Theater. The second truckload will be at Fire Station in the city of Warwick Saturday May 3rd at 10am.

Kirkland says this is a way to get on the front lines of fighting hunger.

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