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Drive benefits Food Bank, animal shelter
Joe Bill Brannon, Food Bank of Statesboro vice president of operations, sorts through turkeysin this file photo from 2008. The food bank is looking for more donations in tough economic times.
    Tough economic conditions around the nation haven’t spared Bulloch County. Joe Bill Brannon, director of the Statesboro Food Bank, sees the hardship every day.
    “We are in dire need of canned and non-perishable packaged food to help our citizens in the community,” Brannon said. “The current economic impact has really affected our donations, and we only have enough supplies to maybe get us through the month of March.”
    To help collect food, The Hen House in the Statesboro Mall, will offer a storewide 20-percent merchandise discount on Saturday, March 7 to anyone bringing in 10 or more cans or packages of non-perishable food.
    “So many folks have lost their jobs, and some cannot even feed their families,” Brannon said. “Children who are in school receive meals, but are not fed enough on the weekends. We are so grateful that The Hen House is hosting this event.”
    The event also will assist the Bulloch County Animal Shelter, as anyone who brings in 10 cans or packages of dog or cat food will receive the discount, too.
    Wendy Joiner, director of the local animal shelter, said: “So many pets have been surrendered to us because their owners cannot afford to care for them. We are in serious need of dog and cat food, puppy and kitten food, and kitty litter. These animals really need your help.”
    The one-day event – “Friends Helping Friends” – begins at 10 a.m. on March 7 at the Mall. Call 764-3525 for more information.

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