As businesses across the state continue to close and layoff or furlough workers, food banks from Dalton to Brunswick have experienced a surge of people who need help feeding themselves and their families, food bank officials said Wednesday.
Gov. Brian Kemp approved the deployment following a federal disaster declaration announced on March 29. Guard members will go to food banks in Dalton, Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, Augusta, Savannah and Brunswick. Typically, food banks rely on senior or corporate volunteers to pack boxes, sort incoming donations and serve patrons. But with strict stay-at-home orders in effect in many Georgia’s counties, the number of volunteers has dropped dramatically, said Danah Craft, executive director of the Georgia Food Bank Association.