Coats, canned goods needed in DeKalb as winter approaches

DeKalb County is accepting food and canned good donations.

DeKalb County is accepting food and canned good donations.

DeKalb County residents looking to give back for the upcoming holiday season can get a jump start at two of the county’s recreational centers.

The Lucious Sanders Recreation Center is accepting coat donations until Nov. 30, DeKalb officials announced Thursday. Residents can bring gently used items to the Lithonia recreational center on Bruce Street between noon and 8 p.m.

Last winter temperatures were as low as the 30s in metro Atlanta, but felt like 23 degrees. DeKalb also received between one and two inches of snow.

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Residents can donate nonperishable food items at the Gresham Recreation Center on Gresham Road in Atlanta until Saturday Nov. 17.

DeKalb officials said the donations would help fight hunger in the county.

According to a 2015 investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, nearly 2 million Georgia residents, including about 500,000 children, live in food deserts. The USDA has classified more than 35 food deserts inside the Perimeter. More border I-285 in the suburbs of Cobb, South Fulton and east DeKalb counties.

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