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Nearly 200 people won't go hungry after food drop in Chatsworth

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Cars lined the parking lot at Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth, GA hoping to get a little food to feed their families.

Rock Bridge of Chatsworth and the Chattanooga Food Bank partnered with proctor and gamble to supply boxes of food.

"Since I'm unemployed I figured I'd give back to the community," said Barbara Bagby, Volunteer.

Bagby lost her job in August and with a teen at home, she's doing all she can to keep food on the table. Today, she's doing it by volunteering.

"I enjoy helping the community, it makes me feel good," said Bagby.

But she's not leaving with just a heart full of love; she's leaving with a box full of food too.

"They've helped me by letting me have a food box," said Bagby.

Bagby's story is similar to many others, but for the next few days, they won't have to worry about dinner.

"We'll probably serve about 150-180 families this morning and each one gets a portion of food approximately 30 lbs. of food," said Sam Smith, Campus Pastor of Rock Bridge of Chatsworth. "Today we're giving away cabbage and carrots and some miscellaneous foods and some proteins."

It's a need, Pastor Smith says they couldn't ignore. "When we started out food drops we found three out of five kids were food insufficient."

Meaning they didn't know when or where they would get their next meal.

Principal Brett James says he often sees kids at his own school, hungry.  Today, those same students were there in hopes to stop the growling.

"That hits home when you see those kids that you know and see on a daily basis and it feels good to know you can help them, and their families have something that will sustain them for a little while," said James.

They're just glad they can try and put a dent in ending hunger.

"The people at Rock Bridge in Chatsworth have been able to see and put their hands on just the facts that there is a lot of hurting people in our community and it really has given us a drive to meet that need," said Smith.

There are 13 more food drops like this one scheduled in Chatsworth.

Organizers tell Channel 3 that 11,000 families will benefit from the over 98,000 pounds of food given out.
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