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Metro Atlanta food banks step up to help those hit by pandemic's effects

Two food banks host drive-thru giveaways to help

FAIRBURN, Ga. — A staggering number of people are now unemployed following the state of Georgia's shelter-in-place order as a result of COVID-19.

It has pushed many families to food banks as they wait for government assistance to put food on their tables.

Fortunately, help is on the way.

On Saturday morning, the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council is hosting a drive-thru food giveaway in Fairburn to help feed the families of more than 300 struggling union workers.

The Labor of Love food giveaway event is taking place at Crossroads Church-South Fulton in collaboration with the United Way and various local food pantries.

The Labor Council is calling the affected workers the backbone of Georgia's economy.

In the past month, a record number of Georgians have filed for unemployment.

RELATED: Coronavirus in Georgia: More than 17,400 confirmed cases reported with 668 deaths

Without stable income, many of the affected workers are struggling to put food on their tables for their families.

To combat some of that, on Saturday morning, they are receiving free groceries.

The giveaway begins at 10 a.m. and runs until noon.

Also happening on Saturday, the Atlanta-based non-profit Caring 4 Others is hosting its own drive-thru food bank.

Everything from fresh food to canned goods will be given to families in need at that particular event.

It also begins at 10 a.m., at 3537 Browns Mill Road in Southeast Atlanta. But, supplies there are limited. 

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