MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County Food Bank is helping to make sure families here have enough to eat for Christmas.

Food Bank Director Andy Jordan said the annual Christmas food disbursement started Thursday morning and will last through today. The food bank has enough food for 525 families to have meals for about five days.

Families are assigned a time through the Department of Family and Children’s Services to go to the food bank to pick up their items, Jordan said. Those times are assigned between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days.

The food bank buys several items to give out, but Jordan said it has also received several donations from the community this year. Sanderson Farms and National Beef donated several cases of chicken and beef, respectively, and about 12,000 pounds of food was donated from Colquitt County schools.

“We have an excellent community,” Jordan said gratefully. “They do a great job in supporting the food bank.”

Jordan said the food drive started in 1982 at Trinity Baptist Church, along with the beginning of the food bank. It has grown each year, but an average of 500 families, between 1,700 and 1,800 people, have been helped every year by the food drive.

“You really don’t know there’s a need until you do something like this,” Jordan said.

Every family is given at least three canned vegetables, sugar, grits, cereal, candy, cookies, macaroni and cheese, butter, bread, eggs and either a turkey or ham, Jordan said. Any food that is left over from the drive will be given to those in need who were not assigned a time from DFCS. They are asked to come by Friday afternoon and see if there is anything remaining.

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