County Commissioner Janie Reid sees many of the same people turn out for organized food giveaways in Eatonton.
Saturday morning, however, Reid
noticed "a lot of new people, different faces" showing up to take advantage of the food distribution at God of Peace Ministries Inc.
, 601 S. Jefferson Ave.
A truck carrying an estimated 5,000 pounds of food parked outside the church's recreation center at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Two organizations, Golden Harvest and the Manna Truck, provided fresh produce, bread, frozen meats, dried beans and canned goods to Putnam County residents fortunate enough to learn of the delivery on relatively short notice.
Reid, director of Family Connections, and a few volunteers spent at least the first hour of the distribution signing up new recipients.
Part of the lot - peaches and bread - was free for anyone, but people had to meet specific USDA income guidelines to receive most of the food.
encouraged the people to take 30 seconds of their time to fill out the paperwork.
was concerned some of the people would turn away after learning about the need to fill out forms, but turns out the group was quiet and orderly and nearly everyone in line qualified for a box-load of USDA items.
"In the past, there were no forms to fill out," Reid
said, noting she
will keep the papers on file in her
office only to be prepared in case the USDA sends a representative to keep tabs on the program's documentation.