Hurricane Michael Relief: Hundreds line up in Dooly Co. for mobile pantry
VIENNA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Several communities in Middle and South Georgia are still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Michael. Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and Georgia State Representative Patty Bentley teamed up to help families in Dooly County.
At Vienna Elementary School Thursday morning, a line of cars wrapped around the block.
Some families say they got in line hours before the Hurricane Relief Mobile Pantry began. To make sure they can have food in their homes after last week’s devastating storm.
“I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do. I left and went to Perry,” Dooly County resident Verdine Turner said.
“We were without lights from Wednesday night up until Sunday, so things got very hectic,” Dooly County resident Lorenzo Woodson said.
State Representative Patty Bentley says she needed to help the families in her district.
“The people of Dooly County do not go without food. We don’t want anyone to be hungry,” Bentley said.
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Director Lisa Franklin says the community was already struggling, before Hurricane Michael.
“When a hurricane blows through an impoverished county, it can be devastating. They’re already facing hurdle after hurdle, daily, and then you throw a disaster in the mix and you’ve just compounded their problems,” Franklin said.
With Bentley and MGCFB teaming up, they can bring some relief to families with a mobile pantry.
“Because of the storm, many folks was out of power for a several days. Trees were down. Trees fell on people’s houses. We got [a lot of] house damages. A lot of debris around the community, but the meer fact that they were without power for so long really created issues for food,” Bentley said.
The Hurricane Relief Mobile Pantry gave families enough food and water for a month, after being forced to throw away good food because of power outages.
“We have frozen chicken. Food that they can cook. A lot of folks have power back on now, but they lost a lot of food,” Bentley said.
By donating food to people affected from Hurricane Michael, it’s giving residents like Turner a reason to start smiling again.
“It’s a blessed day for the community. It’s just a blessing,” Turner said.
More help is on the way for Dooly County. Bentley says Georgia Emergency Management Agency will help residents, and she’s trying to find ways to give families items for hygiene.
Bentley says MGCFB brought three truck loads of food and water. Those still needing help can call (478)742-3958 to find other local agencies and pantries in their communities.