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Feeding the Valley and St. Anne Community Outreach partner to meet growing needs

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In a country like ours where so many things are plentiful, it is hard to believe that for some citizens, food is hard to come by. However, for many people right here in the Chattahoochee Valley area, it is a harsh reality.

Nationwide, one in six people face hunger every day. In Georgia and Alabama, the need is even greater.

Katie Byers, Executive Director of St. Anne Community Outreach, says, "I think the number is going up for a lot of reasons. The economy… We have a lot of working poor, people who are under-employed, and just can't make it on the food stamps or whatever assistance they have."

Byers says St. Anne Community Outreach in Columbus has seen a 28 percent increase this year in the number of people coming to the facility for food.

"We've fed, this year already, over 3,200 families and that's over 9,000 people that we've served, over 180,000 meals that were served this year," says Byers.

Most of that food, about 80 to 90 percent, comes from Feeding the Valley.

"We can feed someone for an entire week for somewhere between three and four dollars a person, and we can only do that through the services we get through Feeding the Valley."

Feeding the Valley distributes food to 220 agencies like St. Anne Community Outreach in 14 counties in West Georgia and East Alabama. That adds up to more than a half million pounds of food each month. 

Executive Director of Feeding the Valley, Babbs Douglas, says the number of people needing help continues to grow especially at this time of year.

"This past October, we gave out over 600,000 lbs. of food. That is 300,000 more than last year," says Douglas.

The hunger certainly isn't limited to adults. An estimated 20 percent of children who live in Georgia and Alabama are growing-up in environments called "food insecure" homes. Kids Café, an after school feeding program at Wilson Apartments in Columbus, is sponsored by Feeding the Valley. It provides free meals for kids in need.

As volunteers pack up the groceries for the families that are sure to come to St. Anne's Outreach tomorrow looking for help, Katie Byers says she is thankful to have food to give them, and for Feeding the Valley."They help so many organizations, and it's through them we're able to feed so many people in need," she says.

Click here to learn more about donating to Feeding the Valley.

Click here to learn more St. Anne Community Outreach.

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