The food will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes about 2 million pounds of donated groceries each month to 700 nonprofit partner agencies. The food drive began on Aug. 19 and will end today.
Donations will be collected from 8 a.m. to noon today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church building at 3155 Trickum Road in Marietta and Lowe’s off Interstate 575 exit 19 at 2044 Cumming Highway in Canton.
Church food drive coordinator Watson Nichols, president of the Marietta Georgia East Stake, said he was inspired to get involved by an article he read about a church food bank in desperate need of help during this economy.
“A lot of the smaller food banks have really been hit with a double whammy; greater need and less resources,” said Nichols.
The Home Depot, Well Care and Kennesaw State University are also partnering in the food drive. Church members have handed out donation bags to their neighbors, friends and people in their communities, in addition to placing drop off barrels at businesses and other locations.
Kennesaw State University’s Latter-day Saints Student Association has participated by advertising the drive via flyers and placing barrels around campus.
“There are students that will benefit from this,” said junior Vikki Wall, vice president of the 20-member LDSSA. “One of the food banks that this association donates to is called Feed the Future. We thought it would be nice to have the students on campus get involved because they will be benefiting their fellow students.”
Organizers are looking for donations of canned or dry foods. Some of the most needed items are peanut butter, canned tuna, canned beans, canned soups, fruit juices, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese dinners, and whole grain, low sugar cereals.
Nichols said hunger does not discriminate against any religious denomination, race, ethnicity or ZIP code.
“When we’ve gone into the community and said, ‘This isn’t a food drive for the LDS church — the LDS doesn’t sponsor a food bank — this is a food drive to bless our community,’ it’s amazing to see how people have responded,” he said. “It’s hard to be spiritual if you’re hungry or scared. We seek to be followers of Jesus Christ and bless peoples’ lives.”