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No turkeys on the table for many needy families

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

As people are stocking their shelves for the Holiday's, it's a much different scene at America's Second Harvest on President street where the shelves are going bare. That may mean less fare and no turkey's or fixing's on the table for many needy families.

"Anything people give is greatly appreciated," said Executive Director of America's Second Harvest Mary Jane Crouch. "Just as you are sitting down to eat your thanksgiving dinner remember there are those not having a thanksgiving dinner. Clean out your pantry pack an extra bag of groceries and drop it by the food bank."

Crouch says they are concerned they will not have enough food this holiday season to meet the most vulnerable in our community, the children and elderly.

"In Coastal Georgia there are 147 thousand people that live below the poverty level and are at risk for hunger," said Crouch. "We cover 21 counties, there are a lot of people in rural areas that need food assistance. In the summer they can plant gardens, but when it's cold and there is no garden that they can go to, they really struggle."

The food bank needs donations of non-perishable foods and accepts all food items that are labeled and unopened.

"We are completely out of pasta," said Crouch. "We have like six boxes. That is a great thing because we can put tomatoes with it. Someone can make a whole meal with it. We need peanut butter. We have very little peanut butter right now. We didn't have any as of first of last week. When we put a call out we got some."

Crouch is hoping that people open their hearts and pantry's this holiday season and donate to the food bank, so they have the resources to feed our neighbors in need.

For more information about food donations or conducting a food drive to alleviate hunger in our community, please visit www.helpendhunger.org

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