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Georgia Mountain Food Bank raised more than $53,164.50 and received more than 6,313 pounds of food in its Stock the Shelves Campaign, which will help build up nutritional food supplies for more than 58 distribution partners.
“Through the community’s support and the efficiencies of Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s operations, we raised enough to help supply more than 271,000 meals to the food insecure in our five-county service area of Hall, Forsyth, Lumpkin, Dawson and Union counties,” said Kay Blackstock, executive director at the food bank.
Just after launching the campaign, the food bank received proceeds from Kroger’s annual “Can Hunger” hunger relief drive.
In a record-breaking year, Kroger donated more than $42,500, enough to provide more than 213,000 meals.
In addition, 19 Hall and Forsyth County law firms participated in the annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy competition, a statewide food drive that asks Georgia lawyers to challenge each other outside the courtroom. Local law firms raised $10,757.50 and collected more than 2,221 pounds of food. Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP collected the largest monetary total and Hall County Solicitor’s Office collected the largest food total of the participating firms.
In addition to these large drives, local community groups and organizations rallied together to provide 4,092 pounds of food as the school year drew to an end, an especially critical time since children who depend on school breakfast and lunch for their only reliable meals face the uncertainty that comes with the summer months.
Contact the food bank to find out how you can help run a food drive, fund a drive or become a corporate or individual partner. Call 770-534-4111 or visit gamountainfoodbank.org/how-you-can-help for more information.