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Hundreds turn out for free food

Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday. The Atlanta Community Food Bank delivered a truck load of food hundreds of families.


Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday.  The Atlanta Community Food Bank delivered a truck load of food hundreds of families.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday. The Atlanta Community Food Bank delivered a truck load of food hundreds of families.

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Locals receive free food

Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday. The Atlanta Community Food Bank delivered a truck load of food hundreds of families.

Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday. The Atlanta Community Food Bank delivered a truck load of food hundreds of families.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Terese Paschal greets those who are need as Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Roy Jacob and his sister Lessie Jacob give thanks to Ann Mills, left, the executive director of Overcomers House Inc. after receiving a free bag of potatoes during the second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday. The Atlanta Community Food Bank delivered a truck load of food to help hundreds of families in need.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Volunteers from Bank of America Mariela Ng, left, and Tracy Barnes, right, load boxes with canned goods while Overcomers House Inc. held their second Food Truck Giveaway in the month of June at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday. Locals received free canned goods, instant mashed potatoes, frozen blueberries, a bag of potatoes and a turkey.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Lashonda Billingsley of Overcomers House Inc. helps load boxes with canned good during the Food Truck Giveaway at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Annette Sparkes of Snellville worships during a worship song while attending the Food Truck Giveaway at the Healing Place Church in Loganville Saturday.

LOGANVILLE -- On Saturday morning, Donna and James Ramshaw of Loganville stood in the shade of trees at the Healing Place Church parking lot.

But they weren't hanging out at the church after a service. They were waiting to receive free food from Overcomers House Inc., which had set up shop to hand out food to feed 400 families. The group partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and U.S. Department of Agriculture to supply most of the fare.

"I think it's great," Donna Ramshaw said. "It's helped out tremendously because my husband is unemployed and I'm the only one who's working to support a family of four."

The Ramshaws weren't the only ones waiting at Healing Place. Hundreds of others stood around with umbrellas or sat in lawn chairs biding their time until their numbers were called to gather food.

Attendees were given 70 pounds of food -- approximately 35 cans of fruits and vegetables, a bag of potatoes, grits, instant mashed potatoes, frozen blueberries and a turkey breast.

"It definitely helps us out (as a family of four)," Peggy Richardson of Loganville said, who makes $600 a month. "We try to take turns for making dinner, but it's harder now (to buy food) than it used to be. I remember my daddy used to say, 'One day you'll have money, but you can't buy nothing.' But I thank God for (events) like this."

She had come to the event with her friend Nancy Blevins, who's husband Earl has been battling cancer since 2004.

"We may not have much, but I thank God every day for keeping my husband here," she said. "Most of our money goes to his radiation treatments."

For the second time in June, the Snellville nonprofit hosted a free food giveaway for those in need of nourishment. The first food giveaway was June 1 at Overcomers House's office in Snellville. There was such a tremendous demand for food that the next event was relocated to a larger area to service more people.

More than 400 people came out to the inaugural event, but Overcomers House only had enough food to only feed 200. Saturday, they made sure to have food for 400 families.

"We'll have enough this time," Mills said.

For more information about Overcomers House, visit myovercomershouse.com.