A latest meals drive at Huley Park in Milledgeville helped greater than 300 space households.
Those that participated in sponsoring the occasion additionally took time to inform others in regards to the significance of voting for the candidates of their selection and different points on the poll throughout election cycles.
Quentin T. Howell, together with Gregory Barnes, each native entrepreneurs, partnered with Timothy Maddox, who operates the MIA Meals Financial institution.
“We work with varied organizations all through Georgia in an effort to assist individuals and educate them on the significance of voting,” Howell advised The Union-Recorder throughout a latest phone interview.
One such group included the political group Black Voters Matter.
“They are often thought-about political, however they aren’t at all times political,” Howell stated.
One of many methods the group helped the neighborhood in a non-political manner was to assist sponsor a grocery bag meals drive.
“With the COVID-19 coronavirus growing on this neighborhood and the encircling counties, there are a lot of individuals out of labor and hungry,” Howell stated.
He stated he and others determined to look exterior the realm of politics to see what may very well be completed in a way to assist these households whereas additionally informing them of the significance of registering to vote after which voting throughout early voting or in individual on election day.
The Black Voters Matter group helped get issues began and the meals drive grew with the assistance and monetary assist of a number of different native organizations, such because the Baldwin County Democratic Committee; and the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chapter of the Southern Christian Management Convention (SCLC).
“We had been capable of assist many households in determined instances,” Howell stated. “It was actually a blessing.”
Howell stated what was wonderful to him was what number of households deeply appreciated the assistance.
“That is why we did this meals drive within the first place,” stated Howell, who alongside together with his spouse, LaTonya, have helped spearhead many meals drives in Milledgeville and Baldwin County over the previous few years.
“It went from simply 50 to 75 baggage of groceries to present to these in must greater than 300 a number of baggage of various meals to present to households in want,” Howell stated.
These assisted had been from Milledgeville and Baldwin County, in addition to Hancock, Washington, and Wilkinson counties.
Howell praised Maddox for donating a trailer loaded with canned items to the native meals drive.
“I am unable to thanks sufficient for what you probably did to make this newest meals drive so profitable,” Howell stated.
Maddox operates a weekly meals financial institution within the space that has helped numerous households get by way of many robust instances, Howell stated.
One other enterprise that helped make the native meals drive so profitable was Foster Meats on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milledgeville.
Howell stated prior to now that he and his spouse had donated turkeys and hams, that kind of meat, to assist needy households within the space.
“Foster Meats helped us rather a lot too,” Howell stated.
The more durable everybody labored to make the neighborhood meals drive profitable, the larger it received, he added.
All of the volunteers who distributed meals baggage to needy households wore masks to guard themselves and others.
“We plan to do extra of those meals drives this yr, as a result of we understand there’s a nice want, particularly with the rise of COVID-19 in our neighborhood and elsewhere,” Howell stated.