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Letter: Be thankful for work of local food banks
Members of the Girl Scouts Historic Georgia Troop 10833 visit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

We are thankful for a lot of things but a lot of people are thankful for this one thing: food banks. Our Girl Scout troop recently learned more about how our community food bank operates. People are thankful for food banks because it helps children and adults all over the world. Sometimes people do not understand that food banks help people in their own community. This is how you can help people in your community.

Once a month, make a donation to the nearest food bank. Ask businesses if you can put up a collection box to get co-workers involved in a food drive. Participate in a fundraiser, like the Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s annual Empty Bowl Luncheon held each September.

You can also make a monetary donation which helps the food bank buy food when they don’t have enough donated food. For every $1 donated, they can provide five meals to those in need. The Georgia Mountain Food Bank currently serves 40,000 people in five counties, including Hall, Union, Lumpkin, Dawson and Forsyth.

The food bank is an organized place. They go through every can or packaged food to make sure it is safe. The food bank works with about 60 agencies and food pantry locations to distribute food to people in our community. It is always great to donate during the holidays,

but please make sure to remember the food bank all year as people need to eat every day.

I am thankful my community helps thousands and thousands of people each month. For more information about the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, or to learn more about how you can volunteer or help, visit

Madeline Sellers, age 9
Historic Georgia Troop 10883, Hall County

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