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Skate center sets second food drive

Photo by Barry Levine

Photo by Barry Levine

ALBANY -- Skaters Thursday evening at Stardust Skate Center can get a reduced admission cost while helping a local campaign against hunger.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, the skate center at 2881 Ledo Road will reduce admission to $3 per person from the normal $5 if the skater donates a non-perishable food item, said Cheryl Watts, owner of the center.

This will be the second such event for Stardust; the first was conducted last December. The canned goods and other eligible food items will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank to be distributed to south Georgians in need.

Watts said that she decided to do last year's drive when she was approached by Antron Patton with River Road Church of Christ in Albany, who convinced her there was a need. Patton is working to promote Thursday's event as well.

"We had 138 skaters, and collected about 900 pounds of food," Watts said.

Most people are unaware of the extent of hunger in south Georgia and the nation, according to Tony Hall, branch director of Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves the south Georgia area.

Many people with limited incomes are forced to choose among expenses such as gasoline, medicine and food. Without assistance, as many as six out of 10 children in south Georgia would go to bed hungry each night, Hall said.