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Food prices soar but locals still feed the hungry on Easter

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Higher food prices are making it harder and harder to feed the hungry. (April 24, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, April 24, 2011

AUGUSTA---It wasn't your traditional Easter Sunday for Van Mobely, but he didn't care.

"It's just something I like to do, and I'm addicted," he said.

He's addicted to feeding the homeless using money from his own wallet.

"I started this back in Brooklyn back in 1973, and then I moved here, and I started doing it again," Mobely said.

With gas prices pushing food prices higher every day, Mobely's cause could have been affected, but . . .

"There's some ladies I know that are very good with the coupons," he said.

The homeless people he helps appreciate Mobely and those ladies too.

"To come out here and take away from your family to help someone else less fortunate--it's incredible. There's no words that could explain it," said James Marshall, who's homeless.

Across town, volunteers from Gap Ministries know that food prices are rising too, but so far they've been lucky. Homeless people gathered for a hot dinner with them tonight. There was also entertainment and prayer. Gap Ministry volunteers are praying that donations don't dry up.

"That's where we always rely on God. He will continue to provide," said Ann Jackson, a volunteer with the ministry.

Back in front of the Salvation Army on Greene Street, Mobely is closing up shop today. It was a success for the homeless people who picked up nearly 100 sandwiches, but it was also a success for Mobely.

"It's very rewarding . . . You can't explain it--you know--what it does to the heart," he told News 12.

He has an answer if the ladies can't find more coupons.

"I'll continue to do it--even if I had to cut my food short. If it got to that point, I would do that," he said.

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