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Food Fair Benefits Athens

                                    

The 1st annual Fresh Food Fair hosted by the Food Bank, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and Piggly Wiggly took place last Saturday at the Athens Plaza Shopping Center.

Community partners including the Athens Nurses Clinic, The American Cancer Society, Athens Area Diaper Drive, WXAG 92.7fm/1040am, UGA-Snap and Safe-link Wireless and more than 30 volunteers assisted 415 families who waited patiently in line for hours for their share of food. The families included 481 children under the age of 18 and 105 senior citizens who were 65 and over.

“There was so much community support for this idea,” says Tai Sherman, who helped organize the event and works at the Food Bank. It truly was a great way for us to get fresh produce and other vital services to so many people.”

Some families lined up as early as 4:30 a.m. for a chance to get some fresh produce, which included bagged salad, cabbage, squash, onions, tomatoes, mangoes and limes. By 11:00 a.m. most of the 14,000 pounds of food that was delivered to the distribution site was gone, divided up among the families, along with 7,200 diapers provided by the Athens Area Diaper Drive.

The Health Department along with the Advantage RISE Program performed over 50 HIV screenings. The event also included live music from WXAG 92.7 and free grilled hot dogs from Piggly Wiggly.

“We were so excited to work alongside our other community partners for this event,” stated Laurie Bailey, Director of Clinical Development at Advantage. “We know that to promote behavioral health, we must find ways to meet all of the needs of those we serve. We look forward to bringing similar opportunities to other counties in our service area.”