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Macon-Bibb commissioner, church holding canned food drive

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman Special to The Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman and Bethel AME Church are hosting a canned food drive to assist the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia.

People will be able to drop off the canned goods at the 3607 Earl St. church from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The first 500 people who donate at least two canned goods will get a free meal courtesy of Youmans Chevrolet, a news release said.

Bethel AME Rev. Marvin Colbert said his church has so far fed about 3,000 people this year and has a goal of 5,000. The church will also sponsor 150 Thanksgiving meals at the Rescue Mission.

Anyone unable to make it Saturday can still drop off the food items at Bethel AME 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m Friday and Sunday during church hours.

“Working with our churches, we can better support the needs of our community, and during the upcoming holidays, we should take extra steps to make sure our families are taken care of,” Tillman said in a statement. “This weekend, I want to encourage people to donate canned goods that will go to people that need it the most.”

Stanley Dunlap: 478-744-4623, @stan_telegraph