Adairsville drive disperses more than 800 pounds of canned goods to food pantries

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Conducted in November and December, the city of Adairsville’s holiday food drive collected more than 800 pounds of canned items. The contributions were distributed to North Bartow Community Services and NorthPointe Food Pantry prior to Christmas Day.“We had receptacle boxes at City Hall and the police station, and they had one at the United Community Bank,” said Paula Fouts, assistant to Adairsville’s city manager. “... [YANMAR] brought in a lot of food the very last day.“We had [conducted the drive] ... last year, so we decided to do it again and donate [the canned goods] to the food banks in town.”For Kay House, director of North Bartow Community Services, the community’s support serves as a lifeline for her nonprofit.“Without the community’s support, we couldn’t feed the families that we feed because we just wouldn’t have enough money and resources to purchase the food,” House said. “We’ve had people that have tears in their eyes because they’re getting food. They’re just so happy to have something.“We had a family — it was right around Christmas or a few weeks before — that when we gave them their food, they sat outside our door [and started eating]. We actually brought them in and gave them some utensils. ... They were truly hungry. So the food that we get helps us to take care of people like that.”Located at 2397 Hall Station Road in Adairsville, North Bartow Community Services provides food and other resources to qualified individuals living in the nonprofit’s service area of Adairsville, Kingston, Pine Log, Rydal and White. Last year, the organization distributed 96,100 pounds of food.“We do see new families every month that are coming,” House said. “And we see a lot of the same families that are just having a hard time and ... their income is just not enough for them to be able to meet the rent and utilities and the cost of living. Then [with] food as high as it is now, they just can’t manage.”Operated by NorthPointe Church, the NorthPointe Food Pantry is located in the IMPACT Building at 4645 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Adairsville.“The food drives help us give extra, especially [during the] Christmas season [when] we always have more people show up than we do normally the rest of the year,” said Susan Williams, who serves as NorthPointe Food Pantry’s director with her husband, Bob. “So it’s nice to have that extra support.“... We average about 1,000 families a month. We’re not limited to Bartow County [residents]. ... We believe the biggest [problem] in our area is generational poverty as opposed to situational poverty. We’ve had as many as four generations from one family in the pantry at one time.”She continued, “... But we’ve had success stories. A story we’ve had in the past year was a lady who ... told me in May when she came, ‘This is my last visit.’ She had a special needs child plus another child. She was going to school at Kennesaw State and just couldn’t make all her ends meet because she was in school full time. She graduated with a degree in nursing. She had a job, and she wouldn’t need to be back. And she wasn’t back. So we like hearing those stories.”For more information about NorthPointe Food Pantry, visit http://www.northpointechurch.com/food_pantry or call 770-334-8435. Further details about North Bartow Community Services can be obtained by calling 770-773-3812.