11Alive employees collected canned good at the station.
ATLANTA --The shelves in the pantry at the Salvation Army in downtown Atlanta are nearly empty right now.
But by Friday night when the 11Alive Can-a-Ton ends, they will be brimming with canned goods, enough to make up gift packs to feed families for four days.
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Now in its 30th year, Can-a-Thon is a tradition that last year alone brought in 166,000 cans of food, enough to give 23,000 people the specially prepared gift packs.
As the tough economy continues, so does the great need you to stop by at one of the four Can-a-Thon locations.
"I lost my job and I was struggling. I had no money and I came here about a year or so ago and they provided me with canned goods and things and I didn't go hungry," said Johnny Jackson of Atlanta.
"It's very comforting and it means a lot, especially when you have a young one and times are hard," added Bobby Mosely, another Atlanta resident.
"Its doing something for me that I could not do for myself. I am down and these people are here to help me," said Michael Jackson, of Atlanta.
Making sure Georgians do not go hungry is the goal of Can-a-Thon.
Sandra Deal, Georgia's First Lady, knows that first hand. "I do know as a teacher that there are children that go home during the weekends and holidays and don't have adequate food," she said.
"I want folks to go into their cupboards tonight, pull out a few cans of food, put them in a little plastic sack, so tomorrow morning as they run out the door, the bag is already there," said Major Todd Hawks, Atlanta Area Commander of the Salvation Army.