City of Vidalia to block roads to feed the hungry

Published 12:01 am Friday, December 21, 2007

VIDALIA — When a Vidalia policeman walks up to your car window today along Carter Street, he likely won’t be asking for your proof of insurance.

Instead, the police — along with the other city departments — will have a roadblock set up on Carter Street at its intersection with Cross Street to raise money for Feed the Hungry, a local food distribution program closely affiliated with Vidalia First Assembly of God.

Employees of Concordia Bank will also participate in the drive.

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Though the city employees may approach your vehicle asking for cash, they will still accept any food donations, Feed the Hungry Director Linda Bonette said.

“We’ll have the Feed the Hungry truck there and we will take anything anybody wants to give,” Bonette said.

The city does the roadblock every year and has seen significant funds raised in the past, Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said.

“We have seen tremendous results for that and have seen thousands of dollars raised through the years,” Copeland said. “Not only do we have local people support it, but a lot of drivers from around the country drive through here, and they donate as well.”

There is a real need for the kind of services Feed the Hungry provides right now, Copeland said.

“This time of year we have a lot of families out there having a hard time making ends meet,” he said.

And that is why this fundraiser is worth your donations, he said.

“This is an organization that really works for the people in need,” he said.