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Rubber ducks fight hunger in South Georgia

Quacky, the duck derby mascot Quacky, the duck derby mascot
Second Harvest hopes to add some more food to their shelves with the proceeds from the duck derby Second Harvest hopes to add some more food to their shelves with the proceeds from the duck derby
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Second Harvest food Bank in Valdosta is hoping to help feed South Georgians by racing rubber ducks.

On Saturday, April 26th, the food bank will dump around 10,000 rubber ducks into the Paradise River at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Lowndes County.

Leading up to the event, people can "adopt" one of the rubber ducks for $5. Those who adopt a duck will be given a ticket that corresponds with that duck. The ducks will float down the Paradise River and the first 12 ducks to cross the finish line will win a prize.

"This event is a tremendous help," said Second Harvest Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall. "Hunger is a huge problem in South Georgia. One in four people struggles with food insecurity, which basically means not knowing where you're gonna get your next meal."

McCall added that the problem is even greater for children.

"It's actually worse for kids. One in three children may go hungry tonight. So, this is a very important event for us," said McCall.

Prizes include $5,000 in cash from First State Bank & Trust, $2,500 shopping spree from Steel's Jewelry, and a golf cart from B&B Golf Carts.

For more information, or to adopt a duck, visit feedingsga.org or call 229-244-2678 extension 202.

 

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