The Middle Georgia Community Food Bank relies heavily on the support of holiday donations. Today Kroger announced their "Can Hunger" campaign will bring food to those who need it most and support a cause that lasts beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"People are hungry year round," says Bobby Denegal.
Denegal works to feed the hungry at Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. He says a large part of what keeps the bank feeding more than 50-thousand people a year is holiday donations. Kroger's "Can Hunger" campaign just announced it will give the food bank a check for more than 16 thousand dollars.
"We are so thankful to Kroger and others that participated in helping us replenish the shelves," says Denegal.
The bank's stock is now around 80%. The food bank will get a check from Kroger and be allowed to select exactly the kind of food they need the most. Kroger's District manager says the response for this year's project was much greater than last years.
"This year our stores really got behind it. The stores in Macon raised more than 16-thousand dollars. Which is more than three times what they did last year and they did through donations from our employees and our customers," says Les Jones, Kroger District Manger.
Overall this year's "Can Hunger" raised a record breaking 517-thousand that will benefit food banks across Georgia, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and parts of Alabama. Denegal says the need for food remains constant despite bigger donations during the holidays.
"A lot of times people want to wait until Christmas and Thanksgiving to do something nice for somebody but at the food bank we're doing something nice for somebody every day of the year," says Denegal.
Many senior citizens receive help from the food bank. The bank provides a mobile grocery service to more than 15-hundred senior citizens.
If you would like to donate or help the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank you can call them at (478) 741-8777.