Gannon thanks community for stepping up for food drive

March 2, 20172min1090
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A food drive hosted by several DeKalb County officials collected nearly 3.5 tons of food, a “ton” more than previous years.

“The level of participation in this year’s canned food drive was incredible and the community really stepped up to help tackle food insecurity in DeKalb. I’m pleased to report our collaborative efforts collected enough food for 5855 meals,” said DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon.

Gannon kicked off the month-long food drive in January, partnering with District Attorney Sherry Boston, Solicitor Donna Coleman-Stribling, Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry, Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson, State Court Clerk Melanie Wilson, as well as, DeKalb’s senior centers and libraries. Canned goods were donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help restock their pantry that serves citizens in DeKalb County and surrounding metro areas.

“Many people give during the holidays, however the need for food goes far beyond,” r Gannon said. “There are people every day that must make hard choices: pay their utilities or buy food; buy their prescriptions or buy food; fix their car or pay for food. Those are difficult choices and they disproportionately affect seniors and children.”

For more information about how you can continue to help “out fox hunger,” visit acfb.org.

 

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