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Posted: October 2, 2007 6:15 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    More than 400 families received bags of food Saturday as the Statesboro Noon Lions Club, the Original First African Baptist Church and Second Harvest of Savannah joined in a partnership that provided food for those in need.
    "Volunteers passed out over 17,000 lbs of food in just a little over two hours," said Statesboro Noon Lions Club past Dictrist Governor Joe Bill Brannon. "The 413 households served included 1,303 individuals which included 643 children and 205 seniors."
    The event was a result of many people in the community working together to provide this service, he said.
    Original First African Baptist provided the facility at their location on Institute Street. Bi- lo Grocery store provided 1,500 bags to sack up the many items distributed, he said.
    "Each family got a minimum of two bags ,and some four or five, depending on the size of the family," he said. "Several of the local funeral homes set up tents  in case of inclement weather that also kept the sun off of the many workers."
    Approximately 60 workers joined forces to distribute the goods, Brannon said. "Forty were GSU students that donated their Saturday to help provide the muscle power."
    Over 17,000 pounds of groceries were handled three times - being unloaded from the trucks, being bagged, then carried to recipient's cars.
    "The county was well served by a diverse group of workers," he said. Statesboro Noon Lions Club member and Bulloch County Commissioner George Jackson joined the group of Lions Club volunteers, along with his wife Teresa, who is also a member.
    "There were deacons and deaconesses from the church, a hard working staff from Second Harvest and most importantly, the students from Georgia Southern," he said. "The event could not have happened without them. "
    Brannon said the young people who helped "will be tomorrows leaders. This country will be in good hands in the future."
    He said it would be hard to determine who got the most out of the event, "the families who received food or the many volunteers who served."
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