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Back to school theme of food drive

NORCROSS -- A Norcross food drive is focusing on snacks for kids left home alone while their parents work.

The city's CAN Do for Hunger project, a Gwinnett Municipal Association project where 13 local cities are teaming together to meet the needs of Gwinnett families, is themed "Back 2 School: Snacks 4 Kids" for the month of September.

With donations down due to the economic downturn and many of Gwinnett's youngest suffering from hunger, leaders are encouraging people to fill the shelves at the Norcross Cooperative Ministry with non-perishable food.

According to a press release, the main source of food for some children is the school-provided lunch, which means weekends and evenings are often a time of hunger. Sometimes, kids are left along after school with hours before dinner as parents work two or more jobs to make ends meet.

So, the CAN Do Drive is focusing on snacks that children can enjoy without needing to turn on a stove. Suggestions include peanut butter, jelly, fruit cups, juice boxes, cheese and crackers, applesauce, granola gars, fruit snacks, raisins and Jello-cups.

To help with the "Back 2 School: Snacks 4 Kids" drive, drop off non-perishable items in the donation bin at the lobby of City Hall at 65 Lawrenceville St. Local businesses are also helping with the effort. Donation sites can be found at www.norcrossga.net under the "Code Enforcement" link.

For people interested in hosting a drive through a civic group, work place or neighborhood, call code enforcement supervisor Philomena Robertson at 770-448-7327 or email her at probertson@norcrossga.net.