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May 16, 2013

Food bank celebrates anniversary Saturday

Athens-Limestone Emergency Food and Shelter is inviting the community to help the food bank celebrate the 30th anniversary of its incorporation Saturday.

Director Laura Aldridge said the public can take part in several free activities, including a community yard sale, health screenings from Tanner Medical Center, a horse demonstration by Jim Swanner and free hamburgers and hot dogs.

ALEFS is located at 20086 Swanner Blvd. in Tanner. Festivities will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aldridge, who has worked at the food bank for four years, said it’s hard to imagine ALEFS is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“I’ve got mixed feelings,” she said. “It’s sad we have to be here, but it’s wonderful we’re here to help.”

The need for the food bank has also not diminished over the years. Last year, the food bank served 3,024 unique clients. Through Friday, ALEFS had served 1,800 unique clients.

The food bank continues to help the community, however, through donations and special food drives like WAFF-48’s Can-a-Thon and last Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger campaign, organized by U.S. postal carriers.

Aldridge said the food bank has not yet counted the amount of donated food collected after the Saturday food drive, but said it was delivered via two 17-foot U-Haul trucks.

“If it wasn’t for the community support, we wouldn’t make it because we couldn’t buy all this food,” she said. “We’ve been truly blessed by the community support.”

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