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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The southwest Georgia Food Bank has a sweet food giveaway planned for Friday.

The Society of St. Andrews donated 47,000 pounds of sweet potatoes. The food was gleaned through south Georgia farmers and hauled in Wednesday in a dump truck.

 Friday the sweet potatoes along with string beans, tomatoes, and pears will be distributed to families, but the food bank asks people take only what they need.

"Come out and take what you need, we ask you to take what you need and not what you want because we want to help and we want the food to go to those who are really in need," said Tony Hall, Food Bank of Southwest Georgia Vice President.

Friday's distribution will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon or while supplies last at 2800 Phillips Drive, off Westover Road.

Food Bank officials say the need for the working poor continues to grow.

Forty percent of adults who benefit from the Food Banks have some form of employment.

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