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Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank
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The Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

Drop-in hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the banquet hall of First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville.

Proceeds support GMFB programs throughout the year. During the event, guests may enjoy lunch, a silent auction and a presentation on the organization’s work in North Georgia.

Visitors also can select a hand-painted bowl as a momento. The bowl serves as a reminder of the organization’s mission to fight hunger. 

Admission is a $25 donation. The food bank reports $25 allows it to provide more than 125 meals to those in need across its five-county service area.

If you’re unable to make it to the event, remember you can donate and volunteer throughout the year. Why not plan a day when your immediate and/or extended family can gather to volunteer? Just think about the number of people at your most recent family reunion or wedding reception. Consider how much that size of a group could accomplish in one day as volunteers or even during a canned food drive.

For more information, call 770-534-4111 or visit

If your nonprofit agency or place of worship has a food pantry or distribution program, you definitely want to help people make the most of the items they receive.

UGA Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program can provide free nutritional sessions for your clients.

We’re as close as a phone call or email away.

Before you put an aluminum can in the recycling bin, remember to remove and save the pop tab. Georgia 4-H members need those tabs to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

In 2002, middle school 4-H’ers decided to collect pop tabs, recycle them and donate the proceeds. Now, students are only 16,500 pounds away from reaching their 15-year goal of $100,000. The deadline is Nov. 5.

For more information, call the Hall County 4H office at 770-535-8291.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Call her at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on

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