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Storms impact food bank's supply

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia is helping by providing supplies to some of those storm evacuees in our area. But the lagging economy has greatly affected the amount of donations the food bank has been receiving this summer.

Food bank employees fill a pick-up truck with boxes of diapers and toilet paper. These supplies will be used by evacuees housed at a shelter in the First Baptist Church of TyTy. "We are providing them with paper products. They were able to meet their food needs with some of the local restaurants," said President and CEO, Brett Kirkland.

Though they are happy to help with the disaster relief, empty shelves shows the limited supplies they are working with. "The economy has affected us some in financial and food donations. We receive USDA commodity distributions, and those haven't been coming in as we had expected," said Kirkland. 

With Hurricane season now at its peak and three storms developing in the Atlantic, the need for food could drastically increase. "The projected path of those storms is the Southeast and with Albany being smack dab in the middle, we would get a lot of evacuees here therefore requiring a good amount of food," said Kirkland.

They are now calling out to the community for help. The food you donate goes onto the food banks shelves which in turn go on to help disaster victims, and those in need in Southwest Georgia.

Blue barrels labeled with the food banks logo are now in several grocery stores. "People can purchase products at those grocery stores and place them in the barrels. And we will be collecting them on a regular basis and that will help," said Kirkland.

So as you go out and prepare for the storms, think about those who are not able to do the same and pick up a few extra items. Anyone who would like to help the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia with a monetary contribution can click here.

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