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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

December 23, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A mobile pantry put on by the Southwest Georgia Food Bank came just in time today to help families in Decatur County.

More than 75-hundred pounds of food were given to people who stopped by this morning.

Jeanne Rawlings has been jobseeking for months now with no luck. She cleans houses and today a church, for some extra money.

"I was trying to find my own job and with no really good background it's hard," says Rawlings.

And the little money she does bring in isn't always enough. That's why she decided to take home some food from the Southwest Georgia Food bank's mobile pantry.

The food is a Godsend, I mean it really helps a lot," says Rawlings.

Gloria Hampton stopped by for some food too. She's a single parent, with a low-paying job. She says she's going to use this food to prepare a meal for her family at Christmas.

"I think it's wonderful because there's so many people that don't have nothing and we'd just like a helping hand," says Hampton.

And several helping hands were out today serving over 7500 pounds of fresh cabbage, grits, canned goods, and soft drinks.

"These mobile pantries are a way that we at the food bank can get on the front lines of hunger instead of standing in the background," says SWGA Food Bank President and CEO, Brett Kirkland.

Cooper Heating and Air of Bainbridge sponser the Food Bank and today's pantry. And despite their economic troubles, they're commited to helping the hungry in Decatur County.

"We've seen a drop in our sales this year so you put a lot of thought into it because you've got a budget you have to make work. But we thought this is an important thing," says Vice President and Co-Owner Tony Cooper.

A donation appreciated by the hundreds that stopped by empty handed, and left a few good meals. Feedback