Norcross Hosts “CAN”# Do for Hunger September Food Drive

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Charitable donations have tumbled since the economic downturn began, and hunger is still a serious problem, especially with the youngest members of the Gwinnett county community. To address the problem, the Gwinnett Municipal Association has been hosting an ongoing “CAN”# Do for Hunger project, with 13 of the county”s cities teaming together to meet the needs of hungry Gwinnett families.

“BACK 2 SCHOOL: SNACKS 4 KIDS”# is the theme of Norcross” food drive during the month of September, focusing specifically on filling the grocery shelves at Norcross Co-op Ministry with non-perishable food that children will enjoy.# With parents often needing to hold down two or more jobs to make ends meet, many kids are at home by themselves after school – for hours before dinner – sometimes with little to nothing to eat.# For some, school-provided lunches are their main source of food for the day and the weekends mean even less sustenance as they don”t get the healthy meals they enjoy during the school week.

Norcross” “CAN”# Do Drive for September focuses on collecting foods that children can enjoy without needing to turn on a stove.# Snack items such as peanut butter, jelly, fruit cups, juice boxes, cheese/crackers, applesauce, granola bars, fruit snacks, Jell-O cups, raisins are on the list of possibilities. Think of a snack that you enjoyed as a child or something you give to your own children. Any snack type item that is non-perishable would be greatly appreciated.

There are a number of ways to support Norcross” “BACK 2 SCHOOL: SNACKS 4 KIDS”# food drive. One easy way is to stop by City Hall at 65 Lawrenceville Street and drop non-perishable snack item(s) in the donation bin located in the lobby. There are also a number of businesses in the city that are supporting this drive – a list of locations is on the city website at under the “Code Enforcement”# link.# Another easy way to help is by hosting a food drive inviting friends, neighbors, and co-workers to make a donation.

If you, your civic group, work place or neighborhood would like to host a drive to support this important need, or if you need your donations picked up, contact Philomena Robertson, City of Norcross Code Enforcement Supervisor at 770-448-7327 or Help Norcross help our kids and see that no child goes hungry. Together We “CAN”# Make A Difference!