Albany church hosts 20th annual food giveaway

Albany church hosts 20th annual food giveaway
Bishop Betty Jean Jackson (Source: WALB)
Bishop Betty Jean Jackson (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An East Albany church will hold what it hopes will be its biggest food giveaway in two decades.

The church says the need in Albany is greater than ever.

First Apostolic Church of Albany volunteers brought tons of food into the sanctuary, getting ready for Saturday's 20th annual Food Giveaway.

Trucks of food are coming for the event, with more donations from the community and the Food Bank.

"We just got so much this year.  We've been blessed this year. The vendors have been particularly good and giving to us," said Bishop Betty Jean Jackson.

Church officials say they hope to feed 1,500 families with the food they give out

Saturday morning. They also say they know there is a lot of hunger in the Albany area that they hope to help.

"You can read the stats. One in three children go to bed hungry at night," said Bishop Jackson.

The church volunteers will pack boxes with meats, vegetables, canned goods, and cereals.

The food is for any Georgian, one to a family, but you need to bring a means of identification.

Church officials know that hundreds will line up in the cold at 8 a.m. on Saturday to receive the food, and they say that is what the holiday season is all about.

"I was born and raised here, so I know the score. And we are just trying to be a help in the city," said Jackson.

The food giveaway will be at the First Apostolic Church at 421 Lumpkin Street in East Albany, starting at 8 a.m.

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