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Attorney General Sam Olens visits Columbus for Feeding Frenzy

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce came together with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens for Wednesday night's Feeding Frenzy.

This year the Young Professionals of Columbus and Young Lawyers of the Columbus Bar Association are collecting food for Feeding the Valley. They say it's an honor to help the hungry.

Young Professional Kel Jackson says, "I think it's important for anyone in the community to give back, and this is an easy way. How many times have you gone into your cupboard and a can is sitting there? Maybe you don't need it. It's easy enough to bring it in."

The group collected two barrels of cans during the Feeding Frenzy. Attorney General Olens says the statewide program has been going on for two years. Normally the Feeding Frenzy is held in April, but since Feeding the Valley is short on inventory for the holidays, they decided to make an exception. Olens says they hope to collect a record amount of food by next April.

"Last year we did 842,000 pounds of food," says Olens, "so they told me now we're going for a million, so we're doing a lot of these visits around the state to prepare for next spring."

Most of the donors had Thanksgiving in mind, however, as most of the cans contained seasonal treats. Columbus' Vice President for Governmental Affairs Colin Martin says, "I'm sure some of this food will last beyond the holidays, but obviously this time of year people are thinking about mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and turkey and those kinds of things, cranberry sauce, so that's what we're getting a lot of obviously."

The Attorney General says he is glad to have the Young Professionals and Lawyers involved. "There is no magic age where you're supposed to give back," he says. "The earlier, the better. When I think of giving back to the community, the young and the old are the most vulnerable, and this is a program that really helps them."

Martin adds, "That's important to show that they care about our community and are committed to making our community better."

Feeding the Valley serves 13 counties in Georgia and Russell County in Alabama. The organization distributes more than 500,000 pounds of food monthly.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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