Organizations feed the needy by the truckloads

People take food items home from the Cutliff Grove Resource Center. / Jessica Fairley

The Second Harvest Food Bank has been busy this holiday season giving out food to the needy.

Friday afternoon the non-profit organization delivered two trucks loads of food to the Cutliff Grove Resource Center for distribution throughout the community.

After the workers dropped off the first truck load of food, the crowd lined up for the produce which included fresh veggies, bread, meat, and canned goods.

"Right here in Albany, Georgia we have plenty of people who need help and we try to do what we can," said Oliver Jones, Deacon Board Chairman at Greater Cutliff Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Greater Cutliff Grove Missionary Baptist Church is located in parcel 12 of the city. According to the U.S. Census, it's a section of Albany where more than 53 percent of the people live in poverty.

"When you're out in the community working with the people on a day to day basis you can really see the poverty and the situations that a lot of our communities are going through right now. It's really devastating," said Juanita Nixon, Executive Director for the Cutliff Grove Community Resource Center.

Organizers for the food giveaway gave thanks to the Second Harvest Food Bank for donating the items.

Between Friday and Saturday the food bank plans to donate 11,000 pounds of food to people in the community. The food given away comes from the charitable givings of community partners that support the bank. Pepsi of Cordele, Sam's, Walmart, and Publix all donated items.

"It's wonderful to see people's faces that come and go and to know that at least they'll have some food for the holidays," said Dennis Gilbert, Owner of Exact Real Asset Yielding.

Dennis Gilbert partnered with the Greater Cutliff Grove Missionary Baptist Church and donated 1,000 canned goods to the cause. Organizers say they can't feed everyone but they'll give until there's no food left and even then, there's still hope.

"Besides the food, we try to give them hope. We're finding that a lot of our community is minus the hope and we can feed a man for a day but if we teach a man how to be able to be independent and how to look to tomorrow, that's going to give them a little more hope to search for jobs," said Juanita Nixon.

Nixon says throughout the day over 300 people were fed. Any food left over will be distributed Saturday morning.