DAWSON, GA (WALB) - The Terrell County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with Family Connection to help stomp out hunger in their community.
Sheriff John Bowens came up with the idea to hold a food drive for their local food pantry.
"You'd be surprised of the people who really need food. There's a greater need for it and I hope it'll give somebody a chance to have food on their table. I like the idea of toys for tots, but you know, the stomach comes first."
The drive kicked off Monday and lasts until December 21st.
Sandra Walker of the Terrell County Sheriff's Office said, "We're asking for donations of non-perishable items. We will be placing boxes in different locations in the community and asking for donations. We're going to be sending out letters and things like that to get the community involved."
Margaret Halbrook with Family Connection, says this is also a way to promote nutrition in a community that has high cancer rates.
"The cancer coalition, Phoebe Putney hospital and the district public health office have all been working together to try to figure out ways that they can help this community get on top of that cancer rate. As far as family connection is concerned, we really want to promote this particular project as far as a nutrition angle to try to help out our community."
All of the donations will be taken to the food pantry on December 22nd, which will then distribute the food to the families in need.
Organizers plan to do this drive again in May, to help keep the food pantry full year round. For more information about how to help, call the Terrell County Sheriff's Office at 229-995-4488.
A final push to collect donations will be on Saturday, December 20th at the Courthouse annex, where organizers will hold "Fill Sheriff's Hummer to feed little tummies."
Organizers will serve hot dogs and children under the age of 17 can get their photos and fingerprints taken. The event runs from 9am to 12pm. Contact info for Family Connection: 229-995-2011.