By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Battle of cities continue in effort to feed hungry

Snellville– The effort to fill the shelves of the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op got a big boost Wednesday at the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  At the luncheon, a check for $2,296 was given to the Co-op through funds raised by the Give Hunger the Boot Challenge – a spirited competition between the cities of Snellville and Grayson; $1,296 was raised in donations and $1,000 was donated by the GECC. Another $165 came in after the event. Snellville collected $849 Wednesday, while Grayson collected $447.

The competition, suggested by Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson, kicked off earlier this month and asks residents from both cities to donate food to the Co-op at various drop of points in Grayson and Snellville. 

Also at the luncheon, it was revealed Snellville has collected 849 food items Wednesday, while Grayson has collected 447, putting Snellville ahead.

“There really isn’t a loser in all of this,” Wilkerson said, pointing out all of the food collected goes toward a good cause. 

Created by Snellville Council Member Dave Emanuel and his wife Kathy, Give Hunger the Boot has set up drop-off stations for food and will deliver it to the Co-Op on Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The donations will be counted and the winner declared. The loser will have to build a parade float and Council Members of both cities will ride on the float in the Snellville Days and Grayson Day parades.

“There are people who have an ongoing need,” Emanuel said. “This is a need that is 24-7, 365.”

The challenge is open to residents of both cities so anyone can participate by dropping off canned goods or dried foods at Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Grayson City Hall, 475 Grayson Parkway, or any of the other drop off points established by the cities.

For more information, contact Snellville at 770-985-3517 or Grayson at 770-963-8017.  

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From left, Grayson Community Development Director Gail Lane, Snellville Councilman Bobby Howard, Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson, Snellville Councilman Dave Emanuel and Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce President Jamie Dempsey with a $2,296 check collected at Wednesday’s GECC luncheon to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.