STOCKBRIDGE – With uncertainty looming over every facet of society these days, some are stepping up to the plate to ensure food remains on the table.
Elton Alexander, a member of the Stockbridge City Council, and Sylvain Funeral Home in Stockbridge have teamed up to hold a weekly food drive to be held every Tuesday morning until the threat from the coronavirus subsides.
“What we’re attempting to do is fill the gap in the community,” Alexander said. “We understand the school system has four different drop-off spots available, but we’re trying to add additionally to that.”
Alexander said the “clarion call” went out for people to help. Members of the community stopped by on Tuesday morning to donate food to Alexander’s food drive.
“This is a continuation of the school lunch program. Even though we’re shut down for the coronavirus, we want to be able to continue it because we know the need is great.”
Individuals interested in picking up food were able to do so by driving through, in an attempt to avoid congregating, following recommendations from the CDC and other experts to practice “social distancing” to avoid the spread of the virus.
Alexander said that Tuesday’s event was about getting the message out.
“We’re here, and we’re going to be here as long as it takes in order to move this through. We’ll do this every Tuesday at 11 a.m., and if it’s successful, we’ll add a second day.”
Those interested in helping can visit Sylvain Funeral Home, located at 2750 Ga. Highway 42 in McDonough.
“You can drop off non-perishable goods and bulk fruit,” Alexander said.
Alexander also encouraged those interested to donate grocery store gift cards, as well.