The U.S. Senate is scheduled to hold a test vote Tuesday on a bill to extend benefits for the long term unemployed. U.S. Senator Jack Reed is proposing to extend benefits until the end of March while Congress deals with the more than $20 billion annual cost of those benefits. Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson oppose the plan, saying it would add to the country’s deficit.
A coastal-area food bank is raising money to replace its freezer. America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia lost its freezer when the roof collapsed during a Labor Day weekend storm. The expense comes at a hard time for the food bank and the needy clients it serves.
Deer season is underway in Georgia, and hunters looking to donate their kill once again have an easy option. The Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program is back, allowing hunters to drop off their deer with designated processors. The federation discontinued the program two years ago due to lack of funding. Now it’s back, thanks in large measure to a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Nearly 20 percent of Georgians don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to Feeding America. And while demand is increasing at food banks across the state, this is the time of year when donations drop. Now Facebook users can help.
Food banks across Georgia met Tuesday to discuss holiday giving. They are seeing demand for canned goods and meals go up as the holidays approach. Officials say food drives often leave the pantries without a variety of items to offer.
A student-run food pantry opened for business Friday at the University of Georgia. About 20 student groups planned and stocked the pantry in an effort to serve what campus officials said is a growing population of students facing tough times.