Low donations at Golden Harvest Food Bank

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News 12 at 6:00, December 20, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Food and toiletry items line the shelves at Golden Harvest Food Bank. They supply the food necessary for the food outreach programs of more than 500 churches and charities throughout our region. Executive director, Michael Firmin said hunger needs are increasing and they are struggling to get enough food.

"We have to make up the shortfall somewhere. People have to be fed. There are hungry people. We have a crisis in this region. People going without food," Michael Firmin said.

The food bank relies primarily on donations from the food industry and canned food drives. Within the past year, more than 250,000 families have visited food pantries supplied by Golden Harvest.

Jannie Streetman has been volunteering at Golden Harvest Food Bank for ten years.

"The Lord's been good to me so I like to pass it on. I enjoy helping somebody," Jannie Streetman said.

She helps sort the food by checking dates and putting the good items on the shelves. Demand is up and their distribution increased 200,000 pounds from last year.

"Maybe eight truck loads to ten truck loads of food more that we had to put out and that means we had to find it somewhere," Firmin said.

And that's why they need support from the community.

"The demand is so great, the need is so great. We have to keep asking people to contribute because our passion is to make sure nobody goes without a meal," Firmin said.

And thats exactly what Golden Harvest is doing.

"We can end hunger if we all work together," Firmin said.

So how can you help the Golden Harvest Food Bank? They said you can give financially, volunteer your time, and even organize food drives at your church and work place. You can make donations through their website at http://www.goldenharvest.org/

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