Last year Americans donated over 73 million pounds of food to Stamp Out Hunger; Albany accounting for 21,000 of those pounds.
Although the economy is in its worst state in nearly 75 years, hundreds of Southwest Georgians ignored their budgets donating perishables to help the less fortunate. What started out in 1991 as a small ten city food drive has now emerged into a nationwide food drive in more than 10,000 communities around the country. Food Coordinator, Mike Freitas says he just happy to help.
"During Christmas and Thanksgiving those foods that are collected have dwindled down and so with us being able to get additional food, this helps the food banks, pantries, organizations pick their numbers back up and carry them through the summer time."