MOULTRIE -- No bones about it, consistent donations throughout the year are keeping a stocked cupboard at the Colquitt County Food Bank.

"Our shelves should be full come January," Director Andy Jordan said, adding that some donations, such as those contributed by the high school, are in the form of cash.

"We can take a dollar and stretch it a lot further than the general public can, but we appreciate the canned food, because that's what we live off of during the year," he said.

The largest drive of the year is going on now during the winter holidays. White Christmas donations from churches and schools started coming in a week before Thanksgiving to fill 3,000 Christmas bags of food for 550 local families. The bags will be distributed Dec. 15-17.

Southwest Georgia Food Bank started its drive Nov. 26, and it will run through mid-December. Successful drives already have been held at Moultrie Technical College, ABAC on the Square, National Beef and Bud K, Jordan said.

This year, the need for assistance from the food bank was slightly higher than in 2003, Jordan said. Most of those referrals came from the Department of Family and Children Services.

One item the food bank desperately needs is a new walk-in freezer, Jordan said. Already the food bank has sunk $5,000 in repairs on its current one, which is wearing out, he said. A replacement would cost $10,000, he said.

"I thank the community for being supportive of the food bank. It seems this year we've had a consistent bringing of food through the year," Jordan said. "We have excellent, excellent volunteers. Right now, we have 10 churches and one club (Moultrie Federated Guild). We're fortunate to have four men that work supervising and a couple who work Friday. That gives us excellent people through the week. We're so fortunate to live in a community like Colquitt County and Moultrie."

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