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December 14, 2013

Sorority lends a helping hand to those in need

TIFTON —

Members of the Sigma Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently helped to purchase, bag and distribute grocery items to more than 100 citizens at the Tiftarea Food Bank in Tifton. The sorority has pledged to continue to support this organization that serves so many in Tifton and Tift County and encourages everyone to lend a helping hand also.

According to Kim Ezekiel, a member of the Board of Directors, the Tiftarea Food Bank operates under the direction of a Board of Directors and a staff of volunteers. The bank was established in 1984 and has been serving Tifton-Tift County for almost three decades. It is a 501(3) charitable nonprofit corporation that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough to avoid hunger.

According to President Nancy Holt, the most critical needs now are food items, volunteers, in-kind donations and a more suitable building to store and distribute food.

The Tiftarea food bank has seen a dramatic increase in families needing help compared to this time last year. Within the past year, the food bank has served over 4,000 individuals – many of them were senior citizens.  These numbers are just a rough estimate. There have been many times the food bank ran out of food because it did not have neither sufficient funds to purchase food or donations of food items. 

The food bank receives referrals from all the agencies that serve people who are in dire need; however, because of the limited amount of funds and food donations, the food bank is open only one day a month.  As donations increase, the bank will be able to help citizens more regularly.

The only funds that the food bank receives are from dues that the Board of Directors gives each month and donations from a very small group of local supporters.  The average monthly income for the bank is approximately $200. 

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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