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Valdosta food bank running low

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 14, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Facing issues like the mortgage crisis, gas prices and the unemployment rate--more south Georgians are struggling to put food on the table.

That means more people are turning to the Second Harvest food bank in Valdosta and the agencies they serve.

But less people are donating.  The shelves are now critically low as they head into their busiest time of year.

Roy Nave is stoking up on canned goods and every day needs.  His truck load should be enough to provide for the 500 people his church in Adel feeds. 

"Gas prices are going up and people are losing their jobs.  We've had increasing numbers every week," Nave says.

While the number of mouths has increased, the money donated to feed them is doing anything but.

"Donations are down too.  It's hard to get blood out of a turnip," Nave adds.

So they turn to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Valdosta.

"Its the only source we can count on."

They are not the only ones.  The holiday season is the food banks busiest time of year.

"We will see a lot of people who are having to spend money on medication, going to the doctor, things like that and they don't have enough money for food.  So they have to rely on the services of food pantries and emergency shelters," says Shannon Zapf of the Food Bank.

But they are running on critically short supplies.

"We have had a shortage of canned goods and we are working as hard as we can to get some food drives going on," Zapf says.

Relying on what they have, they'll still be able to meet the needs but food will be sparse and spread thin.  They hope some holiday donations may pick up to help them assure no one in South Georgia goes hungry.

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