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Church to Give Away 100,000 Pounds of Food

The Faith Center in Lilburn will be giving away food to assist and unite the community on July 29, 2012.

This weekend a Lilburn congregation will cancel its normal Sunday service to give back to the community.

The Faith Center, which currently meets at , has been doing its annual food and clothing outreach since 2010. The giveaway is made possible through donations.

Dubbed "Be the Church Day," the outreach effort responds to increased needs of families, as gas prices and food prices rise. More than just Lilburn residents show up for the special day, but also people from all over metro Atlanta, said the Rev. Vincent Campbell, pastor of the church.

"They come from everywhere, and last year they stood in line for five solid hours," he said.

In the first year, organizers estimated that they away more than 21,000 pounds of food, and more than 7,000 pounds of clothing. The following year, more than 61,000 pounds of food helped an estimated 3,140 people. And, this year, the church expects to assist even more people with 100,000 pounds of food.

"We believe that the community is going to be impacted by the love that we show on this special day of service," Campbell said.

The church, with a congregation of just 250 people, has a small staff of volunteers for the day. Still, Campbell is confident the day will be a success.

"It’s a big undertaking, but we're passionate about community," he said. We come together and make it happen."

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What are the details?

  • "Be the Church Day" will be held 11 a.m., July 29, 2012, at , 405 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn.

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