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Viewpoint: Food Bank does good works

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<Even though the need for their services continues to expand, the food banks that serve South Georgia are faced with tighter budgets and limited contributions.

Food Bank food giveaways around South Georgia continue to attract large crowds.

At a recent stop in Sylvester, 14,000 pounds of food was gone within just a couple hours.

So far this year, the food bank has distributed more than two million pounds of food to families in our area.

Experts tell us that about 40% of the population in Southwest Georgia is at risk of going hungry at some point this year.

The Food Bank in Albany serves 20 counties throughout Southwest Georgia and partners with more than three-hundred agencies.

The Georgia Peanut Commission has helped with a donation of more than 28,000 jars of peanut butter to fight hunger.

It's bad enough that people who are lucky enough to have jobs are taking furloughs, and going without pay raises to at least keep pace with inflation. For people who are hungry, the negative is compounded.

Let's all do what we can to help the Food Bank step in to help our neighbors who need some assistance.

Call the food bank at (229)883-5959, extension 16.>