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Stafford Hall students help feed Tift community families


As Easter weekend drew near, ABAC students got in the spirit of giving.

Saturday, April 12, marked The Stafford School of Business’s second Manna Drop at the Charles Spencer Elementary School. The Stafford Hall Easter Manna Drop, which is a type of food drive, was organized by Stafford Hall residents.

Those students and others from ABAC and the Tift community dedicated a Saturday to unloading and boxing up two truck’s worth of groceries for the needy people of the community. The event turned out to be a success.

Prior to the event, a team of Stafford Hall members planned fundraisers and different activities to sponsor and promote the event. In addition, the team received a $500 Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant as part of Global Youth Service Day. Students in Stafford Hall raised $2,000 in total to pay for two truckloads of food which was delivered by Second Harvest of South Georgia.

Students packed boxes with chicken leg quarters, canned fruit and vegetables, rice, desserts, bread, fruit juice and other items. The amount of food distributed to each family was based on how many people they had to feed.

Food for more than 800 individuals was collected. Families in cars lined up around the block, waiting for students to load their trunks with boxes of food. One group of families that was feeding 10 people drove off with five large boxes of food.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to families in the Tift community, especially those with children. According to 2009 state statistics, 47.5 percent of the people in Tifton have an income below the poverty level.

According to Elisabeth O’Quinn, Business Apprentice at The Stafford School of Business, these food drives will occur once every semester as part of Stafford Hall’s community service projects.