DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- The Chattanooga-Area Food Bank is making a larger effort to reach out to Northwest Georgia. 

The food bank has always served the area. Now, there's a satellite branch in Dalton.    

It's taken two years of working with local governments and community organizations to make today's opening possible.

The donations will be given to the more than 80 agencies that help struggling families in Northwest Georgia.

In the future, the site will start up programs similar to those in Chattanooga.

"There's going to be more help. It's going to be a broader based place where people can find help. The high unemployment was a big reason for trying to come down here," says Clare Sawyer, President of the Chattanooga-Area Food Bank.

U.S. Congressman Tom Graves attended the grand opening.

"Families are willing to help their neighbors ... Time and time again ... Tornadoes of the Spring ... Communities coming together to take care of their communities," says Graves.

He says seeing the community coming together like this is inspiration for his work in Washington.

"Northwest Georgia, we're not giving up. We're going to help each other. We're going to take care of each other. We're going to reach out to our neighbors and help them. And, you're right, why can't Washington do the same thing?," says Graves.

Graves says it's time for government get out the way and let the free market and entrepreneurs get back to work, investing in capital and employees.

The food bank will be the Dalton site of this year's Share Your Christmas Food Drive on December 9th.