UNADILLA, GA., – On Sat., Dec. 12, NASCAR driver David Ragan and Feed the Children will provide food and essentials to 400 pre-identified families in Unadilla and surrounding communities in Dooly County. The distribution will take place at State Bank & Trust (2206 Pine St.) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Because hunger cannot be defeated alone, Feed the Children’s partner agency, The Lord’s Pantry sponsored by Vienna Methodist Church, has pre-identified families who will each receive a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed necessities like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box of assorted Avon products. The items will be distributed in front of the State Bank & Trust. David Ragan and his family will be on hand to greet the recipients and to help with the distribution.
Local partners that helped make this event possible include State Bank & Trust, Lee Harris, Sheriff Craig Peavy and the Dooly Country Sheriffs Department, and Open Hearts Thrift Store. Volunteers from the Jr. Beta Club of Fullington Academy and representatives from each local partner will help with the distribution.
This event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. Instead of worrying about having enough to eat, thousands of kids can just be kids this year. In Dooly County alone, 29 percent of families live below the poverty line. Often, these children are unsure where they will find their next meal.
“I am excited to partner with Feed the Children and The Lord’s Pantry to help provide meals for 400 families in my hometown of Unadilla and Dooly County,” said David Ragan. “During the Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship event, I met the Feed the Children group and learned how they can impact a community like mine. During this Christmas season, it will be a blessing to provide help for families in need.”
“We believe that no child should go to bed hungry in a land where there is plenty of food,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children Interim CEO/President and COO. “But the reality is, millions of boys and girls, right here in our own backyard, face this hardship every day. Thanks to our generous partners, David Ragan, The Lord’s Pantry and State Bank & Trust, today we are able to help these families rest a little easier, knowing they do not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.