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DA’s office aims to combat hunger


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Apr. 18, 2017 - 6:24 AM

According to Georgia’s Food Bank Network, 1 in 4 Georgia children don’t have enough to eat, which means more than 1.8 million Georgians need food assistance every year.

To help combat the trend, members from the Coweta County Judicial Circuit will once again participate in the “Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.”

The annual contest has judicial circuits from around the state competing to see who can raise the most money and food for their community.

Last year, the Coweta County Judicial Circuit collected 6,500 pounds of food and more than $1,460, according Assistant District Attorney Daniel Richardson. The office also won the award for “Most Total Pounds in the Southwest Georgia Region.”

Richardson is heading up the Legal Food Frenzy in the Coweta office. The competition runs from April 17– April 28.

“What’s great about the Legal Food Frenzy is that the food is kept here in the community and goes to a food bank that serves our area,” Richardson said. "It doesn’t go off to Macon or Savannah. All money raised and food collected goes to help the citizens of our Circuit- our friends and neighbors.”

This year, the circuit aims to raise over 7,500 pounds of food.

According to Richardson, the best way to donate is to write a check to Atlanta Community Food Bank.  

"They have amazing spending power, and they can purchase 4 pounds of food for every $1 donated,” he said. "It takes a lot more money for you or me to go out to the store and buy a pound of food. But, no matter what, we’ll take anything Coweta County citizens are willing to offer.”

All donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be left at the Coweta County District Attorney’s Office at 72 Greenville St. in Newnan, which is located at the Coweta Justice Center on the third floor.            

The most needed items, besides money, are:

Peanut butter

Canned tuna

Canned beans

Canned soups

Stews/pastas

100 percent fruit juice

Canned fruits

Vegetables

Macaroni and cheese dinners

Whole grains

Low-sugar cereals (boxed)

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Clay Neely: clay@newnan.com, @clayneely