Area Volunteers Help Feed North Georgia Families

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Updated: 2/17 9:57 am
      It is a simple mission in theory, feeding the hungry. One north Georgia group took on the task this morning, loading up 16 thousand pounds of food from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to give to those in need.
      "We are feeding 400 families that were hand selected by the social workers they know the neediest families so we wanted to make sure that those families were the ones that we were servicing. Since we've started engaging, in the community more, the need is outrageous," said Michelle Thompson with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
      The Food Bank, in partnership with Rock Bridge Church and the 8 Raider Nation Schools in Whitfield county, started the program to give back to the community.
      "It feels great. It feels great to represent the community for what we are doing for these people. It feels good to represent my church and I feel good just to help people also," said Valley Point Middle School student Lauren Allen.
      "It certainly blesses us and allows us to show concern for other people in our community and to increase the heart we would have for the Whitfield County and North Georgia community," said volunteer Dustin Coker.
      The wintry weather that shut down schools for an extra week, makes it extra tough on some families, as they have to make hard choices.
      "We know a lot of these families are probably having to pay double their power bills. They are having to chose,do I pay my power bill, can I get food, and so it is helping them tremendously," said Thompson.
      "People do need more help. It is very cold people are losing power. People are losing power, people are losing heat in their house because of the snow. This couldn't have been a more important time to come and give people food," said volunteer Jake Llewellyn.
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