Hundreds flock to Rockdale for holiday help

More than 300 people received bags of free food and other items from the Resource Center for Community Action’s (RCCA) Mobile Food Pantry on Nov. 22 in Conyers.

“This was a life saver for us. I really appreciate that nobody judges you here. Everybody is nice and treats you with respect,” said Jarvis McCollyn, who was at the pantry picking up food for himself and his uncle, who is disabled. “This group is really doing their best to fill a growing need in the community. They don’t do it for fame or money, they really care.”

Families in need received several items such as turkeys, chicken, dressing, sodas, juices, cereal, canned goods, fruit and even cleaning supplies. Raffles were also held for patio sets and attendees had their pick of coats and other clothing items from the RCCA clothing pantry. The Home Depot and local grocery stores donated most of the items. U-Haul donated a truck to haul all the goods.

“Helping people is my passion. With the present economy, under employment and food stamps being lowered; it’s really a dream come true for me to help people like this. Especially during the holiday season,” said RCCA founder Siddiya Swift. “Thousands of people have been helped so far. People come from Rockdale, Newton, DeKalb, Monroe, McDonough and Oxford and pretty much whoever else needs help. The need is great and we want to help anyone we can.”

Along with the food pantry and clothes closet, the center also provides emergency financial assistance, employment services through “Linked-in,” community entrepreneur building, life coaching and life skills training, as well as referrals for employment, education and housing.
For more information on how to help or if you are in need, call 770-760-1346.

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