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Fulton County Youth Commissioners kick off 'Can-Paign to Fight Hunger'
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Fulton County Youth Commissioners kick off 'Can-Paign to Fight Hunger'

Can Collection Campaign begins fourth consecutive year to benefit the hungry

The Fulton County Youth Commission’s “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” is underway with a can collection competition.  The 2012 Can-Paign has over 40 organizations participating. Among those participating, include six schools and five businesses along with Fulton County Departments. The following Fulton County Departments are supporting the 2012 Can-Paign:

• Fulton County Police Department
• Fulton County Fire and Rescue Department
• The Fulton Solicitor General’s Office,
• The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department
• Fulton County Marshall’s Department.

During the can collection campaign sponsored by the Housing and Human Services Department, Youth Commissioners want to reach a goal of filling 46 barrels with canned food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The deadline to fill the 46 barrels is December 16, 2012.  Those organizations that collect the most canned food items will receive H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Awards.  The canned goods will be counted at every drop-off location to determine the winning organizations.  In 2011, Youth Commissioners collected a total of 7,572 pounds of food, which is equivalent to feeding 18,930 people. 

Youth Commissioners initiated the can collection campaign in 2009.   The H.O.P.E. Campaign concept originated from data collected in community focus groups and Youth Commission think-tanks. Data collected was supported by research, articles, and statistics highlighting the need for initiatives to help combat homelessness in Georgia.

To find out more about the “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger,” or to join the fight against hunger, contact Reginald Crossley at 404-612-7386 or email reginald.crossley@fultoncountyga.gov.

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