A group of Lake Burton families is asking for the community's help to assist the Northeast Georgia Food Bank make sure food supplies are available to those in need in Rabun County.
The group, which has asked to remain anonymous, has pledged to match any financial contributions to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank dollar for dollar--up to $50,000--from now until April 9.
The public can help by donating money though the Food Bank website. Potentially, the combination of the matching grant and public contributions could raise at least $100,000, which will be used to help feed citizens who are in dire need of assistance during this time of national emergency.
"The loss of a single shift of work or the absence of just one paycheck due to this pandemic can stretch financial resources dangerously thin," the group said in a letter being distributed in the community. "We are all under some stress at this time; imagine being stressed with uncertainty about where your next meal will come from."
The Northeast Georgia Food Bank, located in Clayton, is a non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.
The food bank served 2,500 Rabun families per month prior to the COVID-19 epidemic. The provide food through several other Rabun agencies and numerous local churches. The Food Bank is currently at a food distribution pace three times what they were just 30 days ago. The current pantry is all but barren and resources are running low, the letter states.
Each donation, large or small, can make a difference for Rabun County families.
To help, click on this link: https://foodbanknega.org, click DONATE, then under OPTION make sure you click the Rabun County box. In the blank space under “please include a name if this is in memory of someone,” put Burton COVID Response, or BCR. That is the group will know you’ve donated so the dollars will be matched. If you wish to send a check, please note in the memo space that it is for Burton Covid Response and send it to this address:
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
46 Plaza Way
Clayton, Ga. 30525
"Collectively, we can truly make a difference," the letter states. "We will come through this crisis one day and this terrible time will be remembered for generations. Will we be able to say we helped and supported others? Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated and wisely used."
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