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Report: SW Ga. has high 'food insecurity level'

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More Georgia families are having a tough time putting food on the table. A new report by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute looks at access to food statewide.

Some of the highest food insecurity levels in the state are in southwest Georgia where 16 counties are in the highest percentile.

The Southwest Georgia Food Bank serves 20 counties. Right now they're seeing rising demand from agencies they currently serve and from new agencies.

"We're actually getting more new agencies," said Southwest Georgia Food Bank Director Tony Hall. "We have an agency relations director and every day she goes out into the field and we're getting phone on how you can become an agency so there's a demand for agencies as well as service through those agencies."

The Food Bank hopes to roll out a new manna program in the next several months that will put together boxes that contain 21 pounds of food to be distributed door to door in neighborhoods in need.

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