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Farm Bureau seeks help in feeding the hungry

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Farm Bureau is calling on local residents to help feed the hungry through the Harvest for All Campaign, a statewide effort coordinated by the Georgia Farm Bureau.

Georgia Farm Bureau offices across the state are collecting food items and monetary donations through Oct. 30, in an effort to help Georgians in need, according to Andy Lucas, program specialist for the organization's headquarters office, located in Macon.

"It's a campaign that our county offices are doing," said Lucas. "A lot of times, people give on the local level, but you can't see the need across the state," he said. "We've done it [Harvest for All Campaign] through the years. I think this will be our fifth year, after a hiatus last year."

Donations in Clayton County will be collected at the Clayton County Farm Bureau office, at 1738 Noah's Ark Rd., Jonesboro. The money and food collected at Farm Bureau offices statewide will then be distributed to eight non-profit food banks in Georgia, according to Lucas.

The eight food banks include the Atlanta Community Food Bank, in Atlanta, which serves metro Atlanta counties, including Clayton County, Lucas said.

The other food banks that will receive donations are located in Macon, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Albany, Savannah, and Valdosta, according to Lucas.

"During these economic times that we're living in, sometimes, at the end of the month, things don't add up for families, and this is a way that we can reach people that may be in dire straights," he said.

The food items most requested by the food banks are peanut butter, cereal, canned meat, rice, dried beans or peas, macaroni and cheese, boxed pizza, Hamburger Helper, soup, and canned vegetables, according to a statement released by the Georgia Farm Bureau.

"Farmers are in the business of feeding Georgia, and ... the United States," said Paul Jones, Clayton County Farm Bureau president, in the written statement. "As farmers, it's instinctive that we help our fellow Georgians who are in need, especially during this period of challenging times."

Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization, with more than 400,000 member families statewide, according to the statement.

Clayton County residents may take donations to the Clayton County Farm Bureau office between the hours of 8:30 a.m., and 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Natalie Carlisle at (678) 783-2002.